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Aug 19, 2012 12:52 PM CST
|Any thoughts? I bought a few 1-gallon roses in early June. Planted all in large planters, used a good granular rose food, Epsom Salts and regular watering. Chrysler Imperial never bloomed. I even sprayed it with a bloom booster water soluble fertilizer a few times.|
It is now over 5 feet tall and about 3 feet wide. A bit a mildew, but not too bad.
Has this happened to any of yours?
Aug 19, 2012 1:37 PM CST
|Growth looks lush. The plant looks very happy. It sounds like you're taking very good care of it. Not sure I've ever had a hybrid tea that looked that good by the end of summer! |
It looks to me like the rose in the first photo might be making a little bud at the tippy tip of the left most cane. Perhaps it will bloom in fall.
Is there any hope that you'll be able to move your large planter into a cool basement for the winter? Or that you'd be able to heap enough mulch on it to keep the rose from freezing too severely in deep winter? I ask because many of my best roses don't hit their stride until year 3 or 4 or 5, and I'd like to be able to suggest that Chrysler Imperial will improve with age.
Aug 19, 2012 9:36 PM CST
|No bud, just new growth. I put my potted roses into the veggie garden for the winter. I take them out of the pot and plant them in fairly deep and mound with a bit of peatmoss. |
This Ingrid Bergman rose spent the winter in the veggie garden and has bloomed awesome all season. It is in a bit smaller pot than the Chrysler Imperial
Aug 19, 2012 10:02 PM CST
|From my experience with Chrysler Imperial, it took 3 years before I ever saw a bloom on it, but that third year it was spectacular. I think it's just of those roses that really needs time to establish itself, but it's worth the wait. I'll admit I was getting very impatient with it, but glad I waited it out.|
Aug 22, 2012 9:18 AM CST
|Ingrid Bergman certainly looks happy. Here's hoping that Chrysler Imperial will respond just as well to the same treatment.|