Roses forum: Strangling Roots

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Name: Cindi
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CindiKS
Mar 14, 2012 7:31 PM CST
This rose arrived today, bare root. It's Big Momma, which is new and kind of hard to find. It only has 2 good roots, but one of them wraps completely around the whole rose. If it were a tree, I would cut the constricting root, douse it in rooting hormone, and cut the top of the tree back. Rose roots are different, though. Can this rose afford to have 1 of 2 roots severely pruned? Or should I send these pics to the company and ask for a replacement?




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Hopefully you can see in the bottom pic that the constricting root turns straight down (to the left in the photo) after wrapping completely around.
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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Mar 14, 2012 7:42 PM CST

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I've never seen anything like that on a rose. I'd start by asking for a replacement. If you can't get one, then ask the people at Edmunds' what you're supposed to do about that root.

Maybe someone else here knows what to do. I certainly don't.
Name: Cindi
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CindiKS
Mar 15, 2012 3:28 PM CST
The receptionist at Edmunds sent me to someone there who asked the million dollar question--how many other roots are there? And when I said 1 other big root, she said just what I thought...that the plant would have a hard time making it if I cut off the constricting root. They are sending me another plant, no problem. I was so happy with their response that I almost ordered another 2 roses. Almost--but then i remembered the 2 other rose orders I have coming, and how I splurged on Dee's siberians and species iris. Better stop while I'm ahead.
Anyway, problem resolved.
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Name: Cindi
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CindiKS
Jun 5, 2013 8:13 PM CST
Update on the strangling root:
I planted the rose after trying to unwind the root and placing a rock in the middle to keep it from winding back. I planted the replacement rose in another bed. i should have planted them next to one another if I really wanted to be scientific about it, I know...
This year, both are blooming. Both are undersized, but that's par for hybrid teas in my garden. I don't add more than a few inches of mulch year round, so there's quite a bit of winterkill on HT's.
We did have an awful summer last year, so everything I planted last spring is undersized. We'll see how it does this summer.
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lovemyhouse
Jun 5, 2013 9:25 PM CST
Be interested to hear how this progresses.
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Skiekitty
Jun 5, 2013 10:07 PM CST
Cindi - well, at least they both survived!
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