Tip of the Week

July 29, 2016

      Looking for a beautiful plant that blooms all summer long? Roses are one of the few plants that do. There are over 100 species of roses and here at Delaney's, we carry more than twenty different kinds. Our Nursery staff is more than happy to help you find a rose that will match the needs of the area you are planting it in, the look you are going for, and the price point you need. Curious what are our staff favorite picks are?


     When asked, Colleen struggled to pick her favorite rose because she has so many. Her favorites change from season to season. Colleen's favorite roses include the traditional old fashion rose because the shrub is typically bigger than most. The Climbing Purple Splash is also a favorite because it is a climber. She also counts the Mountain Rose, a wild rose, among her favorite.



                                              Traditional Old Fashion Rose - Teasing Georgia English Rose








                                                          Climbing Purple Splash Rose



    John's favorite rose is the Double Delight and the Scentimental . He loves that the flowers have two different colors.













                                                                     Scentimental Rose


     Jacobs favorite rose is Over the Moon, a Hybrid Tea Rose, which smells amazing. He also loves the Ketchup and Mustard rose because it is a bi-color flower and it has a great smell.








                                                         Hybrid Tea Rose- Over the Moon



       Now and any other time of the year is a great time to plant a new rose. Many of our roses are more than happy to get out of their pots and to be planted in the ground. During the hot summer months, we do recommend planting in either early morning or late evening when it is cooler. To help make planting new plants as successful as possible, we have a Planting Techniques handout available to help answer your questions. Our planting instructions for container grown plants are:


           1. Dig hole twice the diameter of the pot and deep enough to place the plant at the original growing depth.

           2. While holding the top of the soil ball, tap the top edge of the plastic container. The pre-moistened soil ball will slid out easily.

           3. Examine root ball. If it is root bound, be sure to loosen the roosts, allowing them to spread out.

           4. Set the plant at the same level as the surrounding soil line in the pot, never deeper. Fill with you amended backfill soil (2/3 topsoil and 1/3 peat or compost). Add Agriform planting tablets about 1/2 way up.

           5. Using soil mix, form a water basin (berm) around the hold to aid watering.

           6. Water slowly and thoroughly. This not only water plants, but also helps to settle soil and eliminate air pockets. Thoroughly drench the root area with Root Stimulator.

           7. For Hybrid Tea roses, bury the graft.


   *Repeat the Root Stimulator treatment 2-3 times, one week apart. Monitor closely for watering- every plant condition is different. During the hot summer months, new roses may need to be watered every two to three days. Please call and ask if you have any questions*


    To keep roses blooming all summer long, don't forget to deadhead them! To deadhead, cut off the old flowers. Cut all the way down the steam until there is a new group of five leaves. One thing to look out for on roses is Powdery Mildew, a white fungus, and Black spot. These two fungi can be very common on roses.

                                                               Black Spot on a Honeysuckle

                                                         Powdery Mildew on an Aster



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