1rst Rouge Valley order!
Restocking teas, plus indulged in a Sunsprite, Mel Hulse, Rene d'Anjou & Greenmantle.
VERY large healthy plants. I was expecting 6" matchsticks since so many folks report teas being slow rooting & slow maturing.
These guys were almost all at least 9-12". Well-leafed, thick stems--several of the bands had roots coming out the bottom.
Got the 2 free roses to round out the box & they are just as robust.
They were very well-packed. The P.O. must have drop-kicked the dang box. The bands were tightly taped into the ends of a very long box. It was extremely dented--looked MAULED--but the only casualty was a small stem-break on Mml. Franziska Kruger, which might heal after taping.
Very, very good plants. Excellent packaging that saved the plants from bad mishandling.
I have one more order coming. I am NEVER ordering band-sized plants for spring delivery again if these fall orders are the norm. The plants are FAR superior to those I've received in spring, even from the same vendors. Not a knock at all spring deliveries--I received very nice plants this spring from Greenmantle, Pickerings & Roses Unlimited--but previous band roses I've gotten in spring were much smaller & struggled (maybe due to my hot climate?)
This post was edited by bluegirl on Fri, Dec 7, 12 at 21:00