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Friday 24th May, 2013
Its all Roses at Wairere this week
Going A Little Potty
Its quite a daunting look to view the 65 huge boxes of roses that arrived into the nursery this week knowing that all the roses contained within have to be potted. Some Ten thousand plus roses all getting sorted, scanned, root pruned and then potted and put down into the nursery alphabetically. We started in earnest on Wednesday with all my trusty old hands, plus quite a few newbies. It takes a team of around five to keep three potters busy for the day. The potters should churn out a minimum of 500 nicely potted roses a day, all going well. We started at Z and at the end of today were busily potting G but it will still be another couple of weeks before the full range is all in and accounted for. Its pretty neat to see that huge empty space in the middle of the garden centre fill up.
Roses need to rest too!!
Its hard to make our roses finish in our warm climate here in the Waikato and sometimes you just have to help them rest but forcing them into it. By not pruning them or deadheading is a good start but this should have happened 6 to 8 weeks previously. The next trick is to force them to lose their leaves and the best stuff to do this is lime sulphur. Be warned it stinks and stains but its awesome to make those leaves fall. Lime sulphur also deals to any spores and eggs that may be hibernating there ready to hatch and reinfect as soon as the new spring leaves start. Now if you dont want to use lime sulphur then use Copper Oxychloride and conqueror oil but do several sprays of this. The best programme is a combination of both starting now with the lime sulphur then wainting a couple of weeks and then using the copper and oil.(Dont forget to leave a copper of weeks as lime sulphur and copper oxychloride are incompatible with each other.) By then it should be colder and your naked roses will all be ready to prune. Follow up pruning with a copper and oil again after pruning. Check out the How To on the web site if you want more info.
Dont forget if you want a bit of technical help with pruning or just a good ole chin wag about roses, then don't forget to come and see some rose experts that will be in the garden centre on a couple of weekends. Just email me your intent as I'm planning on providing tea and coffee and have yet to convince the old boy to make some muffins. Dont think that this will be a prob but will bribe him with a couple of dinners at our place. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know so I have some idea of approx numbers
Saturday 1st June 11am to 2pm
sunday 2nd June 1pm to 3pm
Saturday 15th june 11am to 2pm
Sunday 1pm to 3pm
Hanky Panky with a Purpose as we say Hullo to the Hybrid Perpetuals
As our Rose journey continues we leave behind the intrepid adventurers and plant hunters and step forward into the world of modern Rose breeding which really got in to gear with the Hybrid Perpetual Group. Hybrid Perpetual Roses evolved from deliberate crosses between Noisettes, Boubons, Portlands and Hybrid Chinas in an attempt to extend the flowering period of roses beyond summer. Hybrid Perpetuals dominated between 1840 and 1900 and in this frantic period of rose breeding it is estimated 800 plus ‘new' Hybrid Perpetual roses were introduced. Many have French names which, indicates that the French Rose Breeders were still highly active, in the world of horticulture that is. This period in history also saw the rise in popularity of exhibiting blooms as cut flowers at competitive Rose Shows (the War of the Roses), many roses being bred just for this purpose. In general, this group develop into large plants with large blooms that carry a powerful fragrance. Paul Neyron, Ferdinand Pichard and La Reine are typical of the form.
Characteristics of Hybrid Perpetual Roses
Tall and Upright in Habit
Large blooms that are often cupped and quartered
Colour range white, pink, crimson, maroon and striped
Recurrent i.e. flower more than once a season
Pruned after flowering
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Today was a stunning day here at the nursery just perfect for potting, well for us anyways. Tomorrow its more of the same and then will be giving the team a day off on Sunday so we will be back into it in a big way again on Monday. However your weekend is shaping up, make sure its a good one.
Have a great weekend
Lloyd, Harry and the Wairere Team
Make it a Wairere weekend where gardening's not a drag
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