ROSE PRODUCTION FOR THE NEW BARE ROOT SEASON
We may be in the midst of summer but thoughts should be given to ordering bare root roses for Autumn 2021 to spring 2022.
Last season there was a general shortage of roses partly contributed to by lots of people being confined to their homes during Corvid lockdowns and fortunate to have a garden. Many took the opportunity to reorganising or freshening their gardens.
Rose Growers and rose specialist received an increase in interest and orders.
Many people, however, may not have been able to get the plants they wanted and therefore think there will be plenty this coming season.
What has not been taken into consideration is how long it takes to produce a rose plant!
Firstly, understocks have to be purchased, and for this season’s crop these would have been ordered for planting just about the time when Covid hit and lockdown commenced.
So there would have been no increase in the number of plants available through increased purchase of the understocks. Naturally understocks also have to be produced!
The planted stocks would then have been budded with cultivated varieties during the summer of 2020.
Weather conditions also play a part. It wasn’t an easy summer for “budding”.
They then grow and are nurtured until they are lifted for supply the following Autumn. So it is around a 21 month cycle. So when a ‘new’ variety suddenly becomes available late in the planting season, this remains a mystery in the industry as to where the plants have come from!
The roses are now in full growth so once again weather conditions will play a part! Lifting both autumn 2019 and 2020 was extremely difficult as most of the country was extremely wet which meant late lifting and also damage done to hundreds of plants.
There will have been more understock planting earlier this year which hopefully will mean an increase of plants for autumn 2022!
The moral of this story is don’t put off ordering plants for this Autumn.
Cultivation tips for August
Time to enjoy your garden. Feeding finished for the summer except if your roses are under strain then you can use Maxicrop with Iron (particularly if you have yellowing of the foliage) or Uncle Toms Rose Tonic. Both products we stock and can supply Mail Order.
Do continue with your spraying programme and make sure you shake the bottle well before use.
Also sit back and start planning for your autumn purchases, and place an order as soon as you can.