Roses forum: Mutabilis

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Name: Lisa
Cincinnati, Ohio (Zone 6A)
Apr 21, 2010 5:57 AM CST
Melva's Mutabilis pictures have re-ignited my love for that rose. I'm going to try again to foster one here in Ohio where I've always started from little ones, which have done virtually nothing. I've assumed that reflected the difference between Ohio climate and CA (where I had a beautiful plant). However, in what may be a triumph of optimistic wishful thinking over reality (a good fantasy is frequently more satisfying than reality anyway!), I'd like to try again with the biggest plant I can find. Any suggestions of where to look? RU doesn't carry it. Palatine doesn't. I'll be working my way through HMF today, but thought I'd check in with you all to see what you might suggest.

Many thanks,

Name: Zuzu
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Apr 21, 2010 3:21 PM CST


I think Antique Rose Emporium carries it, Lisa, and the plants they mail out usually are quite large.
Name: Lisa
Cincinnati, Ohio (Zone 6A)
Apr 21, 2010 7:21 PM CST
Thanks, Zuzu. I'll order it tomorrow. I know it's only rated to zone 7, and I'm in zone 6, so I think I'll just put it in a big pot and have it join the other semi-tropicals I keep in the garage over the winter.
Name: melva wheeler
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Apr 25, 2010 3:45 PM CST
Can you get a big pot and put it on casters so it could be rolled into the garage? Mine is on the northwest corner of my lot, so it gets blasted by the North and Northwest winds. Most of our bad weather comes from those directions. I worried about how it would do this winter when we have had more cold than usual..and you see the results, I think it liked it!
Good luck..all the roses I have gotten from ARE have been beauties. I believe that is where I got my Mutabilis years ago.
Name: Lisa
Cincinnati, Ohio (Zone 6A)
Apr 26, 2010 4:21 AM CST
Melva: Thanks, yes, that's what I'm going to do. I keep several LARGE brugmansia that way (we don't use the garage for cars, fortunately!) and will just add Mutabilis to the gang. I cleaned out a big pot this weekend and ordered Mutabils from ARE. I can hardly wait! I'm going to show my plant pictures of yours as inspiration!


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