vaporvac said:Maybe you should! Lots of General Rose books never deal with the Nitty Gritty specifics. Or what could happen and probably will when you least expect it. Is so much on these forms that is never mentioned in many books. It seems like some of my older books are extremely detailed in that manner but the newer ones are quite General.
Vap ... I don't think of myself as a writer ....
Thanks for the complement.
I think I would get stuck writing a book about the different variables that can impact the viability of a rose because there are simply so many and since I have only gardened in two climates, I haven't experienced them all.
There are few generalities about roses and lots and lots of variables. It usually comes down to "it depends on the rose".
One of my favorite Ralph Moore quotes is, "As soon as you know everything
about roses, along comes a rose to prove you wrong."
, Arturo ... often weaker plants will eventually catch up to the stronger roses. One thought I had as I read your post is that if you have a consistent problem, change something up. For example, you might change the potting soil mix for your weaker roses rather than to continue to use the same soil mix for ALL of your new roses. Sometimes, changing just one variable can make a difference.
I know that several years ago, I moved 'Sweet Chariot' five feet from where I originally sited the rose. In its old site, the rose was just a dud. By moving it five feet, in the same area of the garden, the rose received light from a slightly different angle and the drainage was probably slightly different, but I had built my rose holes the same, fed the rose in the same way I did where I originally sited the rose, etc.
The rose took off and is now a vigorous plant.
So, if you have a consistent problem, change one variable. Change breeds change.