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Re: hum.... who grows tree roses and tree hibiscus

I don't know anything about roses except some of them smell nice :) and I don't know much about grafting, but I do know that some citrus trees are grafted to increase winter hardiness--or so the advocates of grafting say. Why this works, if it does, I don't know either.

On Jun 14, 2006, at 1:28 PM, Bonnie & Bill Morgan wrote:

I've heard, but don't really know, Donna, that some tree roses cannot take
our winters and thus have to be over wintered indoors. In other words, we
may need to make an identification to see whether the rootstock/rose would
survive. I found this web-site:
http://faq.gardenweb.com/faq/lists/rosespro/2003071428023318.html describing
how to create one. Dr. Huey stock is a zone 6. Apparently most multiflora
stock will take zone 5. How can you tell? I haven't a clue.

Jackson and Perkins does sell some winter hardy ones, so you might want to
check out their site to see if it looks like one of yours:
http://www.jacksonandperkins.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ BECProductDisplay

Now even if the trunk is winter hearty, that doesn't necessarily mean the
buds grafted onto the stock are, does it? If a grafted rose in the dirt
that isn't well enough insulated at the graft over winter, the graft can die
and the roots survive to put out the original rose's canes. I would think
it would be the same with a tree rose but more dramatically so. If the buds
grafted onto the stock is not winter hardy too, couldn't the grafted area
die off as well? Not being a rose expert, I'll be listening to what
everyone else says, too, Donna. I'm not sure I'd plant it outdoors except
in a pot to bring back indoors over winter.

Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Donna
Sent: Wednesday, June 14, 2006 12:35 PM
To: gardenchat list
Subject: [CHAT] hum.... who grows tree roses and tree hibiscus

A customer dropped off some plants for me today. He brought me 2 rose tree
(pink and red no names) and 2 tree hibiscus (red and orange again no names).
They are supposed to be grown in a pot on the patio according to him and
would have to be taken in for the winters here in zone 5. Ok, know the
hibiscus would, but can't I plant the tree rose?

Comments? Suggestion of what the hey I should do with these in the care

I am totally surprized by this gift to me... and totally unprepared, but
grateful non the less.


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Island Jim
Southwest Florida
27.0 N, 82.4 W
Hardiness Zone 10
Heat Zone 10
Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
Maximum 100 F [38 C]

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