Growth question

greengrass12(5)August 21, 2014

My mr. lincoln grew as one branch and I got a pretty rose early in july. It has put out new growth during last few days and looks more like a rose bush now. Two large buds and three small.

Does a new bush planted in early spring usually take til late august to get going? Should I let the buds flower if there is chance of frost? Thank you.

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seil zone 6b MI

Some people will pinch off the buds on new plants to let the roots grow more. I've never done that myself. If it looks healthy and is growing well I'd let it bloom.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2014 at 6:15PM
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jim1961 Zone 6a Central Pa.

I'd let your ML bloom all it wants...

This post was edited by jim1961 on Thu, Aug 21, 14 at 21:02

    Bookmark   August 21, 2014 at 8:07PM
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greengrass12(5)

I think that maybe I did not water the rose enough during july. Watered a bit more in july also very cool nights may have had something to do with the recent growth,

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 10:26AM
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henryinct

Mr Lincoln was not that vigorous in z6b for me and it is a sparse bloomer anyway. Here in Socal I still only get about 20 good blooms a year although the plant is gigantic. Oklahoma is a much better bush and puts out 50 or more good blooms.

    Bookmark   August 22, 2014 at 6:34PM
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michaelg(7a NC Mts)

Lack of water is the usual cause of poor growth. A small plant can use 3 gal/week and a mature plant 4-5 gal in your zone.

The graft must be protected from freezing (15 degrees). Usually zone 5 growers bury the graft a few inches when planting. If you haven't done that, you'll need to pile dirt over it in December.

It's OK to continue normal cultural practices through the fall.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 10:21AM
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mad_gallica(zone 5 - eastern New York)

A lot of repeat blooming roses are heat lovers. It is one of the problems growing them here - we just don't get the intense, continual heat they want. So no matter how much food and water they get, they don't really grow.

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 11:55AM
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jim1961 Zone 6a Central Pa.

When I had our Mister Lincoln in the ground we got about Approx. 22+ blooms off him per growing season.

I transplanted him back into a large container in April of this year. So far Mister Lincoln has had only 7 blooms this growing season.
But I think he will do better next year...

Our Mister Lincoln hardly ever blooms late in the year as it does not like the cooler weather...

This post was edited by jim1961 on Sat, Aug 23, 14 at 14:34

    Bookmark   August 23, 2014 at 2:32PM
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