Experimenting with Own-root Mister Lincoln...

jim1961 Zone 6a Central Pa.June 15, 2013

I just do not like the look of a Mister Lincoln bush (shape).

Anyhow I decided to prune our ML OWN-ROOT bush to the ground this year just to see how he would grow back... (March 28)

So far he's roughly 2 ft tall (yes a dwarf Lincoln)... lol
He had one bloom already that fell off. Right now he's
somewhat bushy with one new bloom and about 12-14
buds...

I will post more pics later in the season...

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dublinbay z6 (KS)

I commented on your "experiment" over on the Gallery. I think it is a good idea. Who wants a 10 ft skinny rose, after all?

Kate

    Bookmark   June 15, 2013 at 5:22PM
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jim1961 Zone 6a Central Pa.

Not me...lol..

    Bookmark   June 15, 2013 at 6:11PM
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jim1961 Zone 6a Central Pa.

Man our Mister Lincoln is so slowwww at blooming...
14 buds- First bloom opened and fell apart in 3 days.
Waited 2 days for second bloom to open it fell apart in 3 days...
Been waiting 4 days (yawn) for 3rd bloom to open it should open tomorrow as it is semi open now...
Gee what a slow poke...lol
I'm seriously thinking about replacing ML next year if he doesn't start picking up the pace...
ML been a major yawn since I planted him...lol

In the heat petals fall off within 24-48 hours... :(

Maybe I'll try Firefighter next year?
What-cha think?

This post was edited by jim1961 on Sat, Jun 22, 13 at 19:34

    Bookmark   June 21, 2013 at 11:44PM
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prairielaura(6b)

Have you tried cutting the blooms at breakfast time and chilling them (in water) in the refrigerator? In Texas i could get a week of vase display that way, and the perfume is bliss.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2013 at 9:51PM
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jim1961 Zone 6a Central Pa.

Actually I do not vase cut...lol
Well twice I cut 2 ML roses for my wife.
I planted Lincoln close to our front porch steps to smell his blooms.
But he blooms way to slow for me...lol
Most roses we had on this bush at once was last year with 6 roses.
Problem I'm having is the blooms fall off within 24 hours on hot days... So all 6 blooms only gave us very little enjoyment.
Our Lincoln gets 10-12 hours of sun...
I will transplant him somewhere else this Spring to see how he grows & blooms.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 10:13AM
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seil zone 6b MI

I shoveled old Abe because he was a rather wimpy grower and rarely bloomed for me...and that was grafted! I don't have any idea how he'd be own root here if he didn't grow grafted.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2013 at 12:59PM
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jim1961 Zone 6a Central Pa.

Blooms on this guy are averaging around 3 inches..
90 degrees blooms are falling off within 24-48 hours...

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 9:54PM
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dan_keil_cr Keil(Illinois z5)

I had to prune all of my roses to the ground this year. You ought to see them now. I have a lot of 6' tall ht's and nice good sized plants of other types of roses with over a thousand blooms! Because we had such a early and hot year last year I only had to prune 4" off the tops o find green wood. This year I found good green wood at the ground. I hit them with nitrogen and they jumped out of the ground when it finally warmed up!

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 11:53PM
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jim1961 Zone 6a Central Pa.

This ML own-root so far has been slowwwww...
He gets blooms but they are so slowww to open and
they fall off the bush way to quickly...

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 8:02AM
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jim1961 Zone 6a Central Pa.

Sadly all these blooms will all fall off by tomorrow or Friday...

    Bookmark   June 26, 2013 at 10:05PM
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DNTQuilter

My Mr. Lincoln is in his second year. I love him. The fragrance is wonderful, and he never drops his pedals.

He gets 6 to 8 hours of sun per day (morning through early afternoon).

He loves when he's fed with Rose Tone too.

Perhaps a move to a less sunny location would afford you more enjoyable blooms.

Scott in PA

PS: I will say, I like the outcome of the drastic hair cut you gave him.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2013 at 8:49PM
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jim1961 Zone 6a Central Pa.

DNTQuilter,

Is your ML grafted or own-root??? Thanks

    Bookmark   June 27, 2013 at 10:13PM
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DNTQuilter

I will check tomorrow. My gut tells me that it is grafted.

Scott

    Bookmark   June 27, 2013 at 10:18PM
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DNTQuilter

Jim,

My ML appears to be own root.

Scott

    Bookmark   June 28, 2013 at 1:23PM
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jim1961 Zone 6a Central Pa.

Ok Thanks DNTQuilter!

    Bookmark   June 28, 2013 at 8:07PM
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jim1961 Zone 6a Central Pa.

Update On Mister Lincoln:

Well to sum things up I cut our own-root Mister to the ground in late March...

Mister Lincoln had roughly 12 flower buds. Each opened from time to time but only lasted 24-48 hours then petals fell off so not much excitement in that area...

Our own root Mister Lincoln is still roughly at the 2ft mark
with no growth sprurts to brag about at all...

Rebloom has not happened yet but I see buds forming...

(on a good note) Blackspot resistance has been excellent so far since being planted in Nov of 2010...

Here's a pic I took today...

    Bookmark   July 29, 2013 at 1:01PM
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