Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Edmund's Roses order for Bare Root Roses

Ever wonder where bare root roses come from?  I was reading a book the other day...and it said bare roots are roses that have been grown for two years, harvested, pruned and shipped.  I have even read books about what is better...waxed or unwaxed.   All that being said, I received my second order from Edmund's.   Now, I have never grown bare roots before, but I have put close to 40 (if not over) in the ground this year....I have lost count and use a map to figure out which rose is which...and I will say ...these looked GOOD!  If they are as awesome looking as the bare roots look, I will order from them again. 

These are soaking in Epsom salt.
What you see above is the following.  I will make them hyperlinks so you can click on them to see the images on the Edmund Roses website.

  • Black Baccara Hybrid Tea Rose  these roses look almost black and I am considering making these container roses.
  • Rock& Roll Grandiflora....I looked high and low for a rose called the Abracadabra...that was only sold in Australia....I bought the Memphis Music rose but I think the Rock and Roll rose is almost the same thing!
  • St. Patrick Hybrid Tea rose...this was my valentine's gift from my husband ..(I call my husband Johnny Bear)   last year he bought me the first rose I ever planted on Valentine's day which was the Gold Medal Rose...which I, also, called Johnny Bear.  So this will be Johnny Bear II.  Evidently, it is purported to love heat..and some pictures I have seen almost make the rose almost look green.
  • Ebb Tide Floribunda  ....this rose is a deep, deep purple.
  • Ketchup and Mustard Floribunda.....yellow center with red tips....appropriately named.

The canes were unwaxed and very, very healthy looking

The roots were huge...if you told me this rose was three or four years old, I would believe you.

Some have started sprouting...again, it is not waxed.

Just a really healthy looking plant

They were shipped over the weekend and so it stayed at  UPS for the weekend.  They come in a box like this.  They are packed in wood shavings and they have tags on each plant.  Thankfully, the roots were still moist but next time I will ship to a place that is open on Saturday.

Moral of the story, if they roses look as beautiful as the bare roots did, I will definitely purchase again!
This post is schedule a day in advance.  This was a surprise frost this morning, or at least, it was for me.


HolleyGarden said...

Hasn't the weather the last few weeks been odd? Frost there! And we've had freezes - with 80 degree days! It just can't make up its mind. That last photo of your new roses looks wonderful - look at all the canes! They should do very well for you.

Janie Jurkiewicz said...

It was super windy and warm today...and the weather said 30s tonight....I don't feel so bad that I can't figure out how to water. They looked amazing. Like I said, I have no experience with growing bareroots but I have put in close to 50 in the ground and I (at least) have seen them...and I will say that Edmund's order looked real healthy. One of them had a metal tag on it (like a dogtag) from Star??? Anyway, when you is your "fear of frost" date?

NellJean said...

I had links all fixed for you and lost them when I tried to preview. Boo!

Are you familiar with Redneck Rosarian blog and Red Dirt Roses blog? Both are gentlemen rosarians, one from north Alabama and one from I think Oklahoma.



Not going to try for links again, you'll have to cut and paste. They are worth it, a great read.

Janie Jurkiewicz said...

I changed the comments to embed into the page...I think that changes the html part..but this link should work. I have read reddirtroses and I have the read the other as well. I am trying to figure out what does it mean ...fear of frost...does that mean freezing or frost? And when can I vacate the tropicals from the greenhouse...this week will hit 30's again...sighs...I used to think...or at least last year, that the last fear of frost was the 19th of March..but either way...spring is almost here!

NellJean said...

He-who-mows and I talked about the last frost date last night. The official last frost date means that usually there is no more frost after that date, somewhere around mid-March here. On the other hand, I've seen killing frost as late as April 15. He went on to tell the story of the year there was a frost on April 15 that killed the corn when he was a boy and how pitiful the little corn plants looked.
I am always fearful of frost, so I try to cut my losses by holding back some plants and first planting out those I know can overcome frost. Sometimes if there's frost looming, I cover plants with five gallon buckets for the night. I've hung sheets over pear trees in full bloom which of course the wind blew off but we still had pears that summer.

There are tropicals and there are tropicals. Most gingers can take a little frost, Curcuma being the exception. Brugmansias will turn black but new shoots will come from the roots. Some things I begin to just set outside the doors and move back in if frost threatens until I KNOW there will be no more frost.

Janie Jurkiewicz said...

Thanks, Nell...I have lots of tropicals....this weekend I will set out the camellias and the azaleas...I am sure they would have been outside but I just hated the constant frost on them....but they need watering inside....the weather is so inconsistent...maybe one day I'll get one of those rain gauges

Anonymous said...

Blogger is eating my comments again, so I'm back to Wordpress. I wanted to tell you that the old saying is, when dogwoods are in full bloom and oak leaves are the size of a mouse's ear (leaves, not blooms) it is safe to set tender plants in open ground. I always watch for Pecan trees to leaf out. Pecans stand bare and silent until they KNOW it's safe.

Janie Jurkiewicz said...

It likes to eat them when they are embedded..I'll go back to the old way of comments...I'll figure it out... I don't have any pecan trees but I do have oaks and dogwoods...sorry, Nell...tell me what that means?

NellJean said...

What does 'Fear of Frost' mean? Frost forms on a surface that is at or below 32º so the recorded temperature could be higher but plants in open ground cool fast and reach the frost point before a plant under a tree. (That's when you see frost on grass out in the open but the temperature didn't drop to 32 degrees.) A tree emits more radiation of energy toward the ground. That's why we cover tender plants, so they don't lose energy so fast.

Watch the leaf buds on oak trees that lose their leaves, not Live Oaks and Scrub Oaks. When those little leaves start to unfurl and dogwoods are totally white in the distance, spring has arrived.