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Re: weather/tropicals

I guess I'll go looking in the catalogs for rose cones, then. Sounds like
just the thing, though I'm sure my neighbors will think I'm nuts with little
white dunce caps all over the front garden. ;-)

My 'Limerock Ruby' didn't even make it through the summer. Too much rain,
even though it was in a raised bed.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: <kmrsy@comcast.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, January 08, 2004 2:47 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] weather/tropicals

> Daryl,
> I've never seen a waxed cardboard rose cone, but I haven't been
> gardening that long. These are styrofoam, I'm sure like your waxed
> cardboard variety. What the manufacturer doesn't often put on the label
> is that you should cut a few small holes in them to allow air
> circulation. I don't use them for roses; I use them for early and late
> frosts that threaten valuable tender plants. My Fritillaria raddeana
> comes up in early spring and I'm afraid of losing it on nights that get
> especially cold. So I put some on them. If a late freeze is going to
> destroy every daffodil and I idon't have time or energy for sheets, I
> plop a rose cone over strategic ones. Iconsidered trying a rose cone
> over my coreopsis 'Limerock Ruby', because these don't tend to return
> here and I've read it could be becuase of a wet crown. but I forgot -
> wonder if it is too late.
> Anyway, rosecones with airholes seem to me to be a handy solution for
> keeping moisture out while also providing a bit of insulation. I shudder
> when I think of people leaving rosecones on until May with no holes -
> like to cook the shrub inside, even if the cone is white. A little bit
> of air helps.
> Kitty
> > Kitty,
> >
> > How does a rose cone allow for air circulation? What do they look like
> > The only ones I'm familiar with are plain waxed cardboard.  I've been in
> > south for more than 2 decades, so haven't looked at one in that long. I
> > assume there's new technology. If there was something that insulated a
> > kept things dry but ventilated, it could solve my problems with plants
> > need winter dry.
> >
> > Daryl

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