Bare root roses arrived in mail!

In the rose growing world there is some snooty terminology that you want to learn right away. Those bareroot roses that they have stacked outside Kroger right now? Those are known as “body bags”. You don’t want to stake your success as a rose gardener on those. They are often mis-marked, have very little root structure to help them get started, and the canes are coated in wax that isn’t good for them. Hence the deck is stacked against success in getting them to grow. You might still be tempted to stage a rose rescue now and then. Just don’t judge your rose growing capabilities by the result, that’s all I’m saying.

What you want to do, instead, is order bareroots from a good nursery. What you will get in the mail will look like Godzilla by comparison to those wimpy body bags. I have three such monsters soaking in the sink right now: Brigadoon, Marilyn Monroe, and Valencia. Or you can buy healthy roses locally in a couple of months. Rolling Hills usually has a tempting selection!


About katiekind

Enjoying the second half of life. I have three sons who are the apples of my eye and a wonderful husband of 35 years--those are the important things. Long ago, out of the blue, I became a Christian. It was something I never planned on, but what joy it has been. I do website development and I like to read and garden and paint and I love beauty and truth.
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2 Responses to Bare root roses arrived in mail!

  1. Brian says:

    I think we made need professional help(are you available?). We bought a new house last fall and there are plants everywhere! And among those are quite a few rose bushes that really don’t know what they’re in for. They might be wishing for the old owners back very soon!

  2. katiekind says:

    Congratulations on your new house! I’ll be happy to give rose growing advice.

    Three basics for happy roses are sunshine, food and water. Fertilize them and water deeply during dry spells and you’ll be good.

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