Head start for rose bands?

jewelie6(6b)September 12, 2012

I am helping to mintain my local historical society's rose garden, containing a collection of around 80ish roses, some antiques. Unfortunately, I had to remove some bushes this weekend due to the dreaded Rose Rosette disease.

I'd like to fill the bare spots with some period antiques. If I place an order for band-sized roses, can I ge them shipped a few qeeks before my last frost date in order to baby them before they go into the ground? I am assuming that I should put them in a cold frame to protect from frost. I believe my zone has a last frost date of May 15ish.

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mad_gallica(zone 5 - eastern New York)

If you want to give them a head start, ask for shipping about a month before people plant *hardy perennials* in your area. Last frost has nothing to do with this. So here, last frost is June 1st, perennials start going in around May 1st, and I order bands for April 1st. Earlier than that, and they may run into rough weather on the trip. Depending on where you are, the time differential may change.

After they arrive, they get a chance to recover from shipping, and can be repotted if they need it. Then they can spend a couple of weeks getting acclimated. Then they can go in the ground while the weather is still fairly cool and damp.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 6:31AM
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