porkpal said:Yes, I am in 9a in Texas. It is a black spot haven, but many roses that struggle when young grow to resist it as they age. Don't give up.
Mustbnuts said:I also am in Zone 9a or b (they keep changing it on us). However, my growing conditions are very different than yours. No humidity to speak of here. Only about 12 inches of rain (if we are lucky) during the winter and it gets hotter than Hades during the summer (we are talking temps over 100 degrees daily for months on end and sometimes we get up to 116 F.
vaporvac said:I have never received anything other than stellar roses from ARE. Depending on transit time, roses can develop BS in an enclosed space and are generally stressed by the experience. The important thing is not the top growth which will regrow, but the size of the rootball. ARE sends large, well-rooted plants so they should rebound quickly. Having said that, I'm not sure garden soil and manure are your best bets for growth. Do you mean soil from your yard or something you bought. The small feeder roots that push growth need air. I would use a mix of peat, manure and compost with perlite for better drainage or just a good potting soil with extra perlite.. With manure they probably don't need any fertilizer until they show good growth. How long do you anticipate keeping them in pots? Many of mine have outgrown initial BS; my Felicia has proved very healthy in this regard.
It's great that you were able to move your favourites and perhaps you can replant your beloved CB even choosing the smaller one if you no longer have so much space. Your new home sounds enchanting! Looking forward to pictures! : ))
My lord! We get crazy hot but not THAT hot. By August I just want to cry for the humidity AND heat but 116! Do you need to shade the roses for afternoon sun? I'm really curious...how often do you water?
Thank you for the comment sometimes I feel just crazy trying to grow these roses in the swamp
With all this heat!
Canadian_Rose said: Welcome!!! It's always so great to have new members!! Welcome!!
I grow my roses in pots, We have glacial till which means the soil is far too rocky and hardpan. I'm in a far different zone than you...we still have snow and are expecting more. How weird that you have crawfish holes in your lawn?
I would leave your roses be....you've done the right things...all they need now is water. You married a contractor!!! Oh lucky you!! And I love your roses!!! What are their names?
I've been thinking about Francis Meilland for years...but then I think it's so pale that the thrips damage would be too noticeable. Do you find this?
I would have to agree with you there. It gets plenty hot here. And as I am about 100 miles from the coast. Our prevailing summer wind is directly from the S.E., which brings the moist air. And our temps are well into the 100's all summer long. But compared to Covington, I'll take this.
The humidity is HORRIBLE in S. LA.