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Growth question

Posted by greengrass1 5 (My Page) on
Thu, Aug 21, 14 at 18:07

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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RE: Growth question

  • Posted by seil z6b MI (My Page) on
    Thu, Aug 21, 14 at 18:15

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.

RE: Growth question

  • Posted by jim1961 6a Central Pa. (My Page) on
    Thu, Aug 21, 14 at 20:07

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

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

RE: Growth question

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,

RE: Growth question

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.

RE: Growth question

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.

RE: Growth question

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.

RE: Growth question

  • Posted by jim1961 6a Central Pa. (My Page) on
    Sat, Aug 23, 14 at 14:32

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

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