Re: [gardeners] Snow in Coastal Southern NC

penny x stamm (
Wed, 2 Feb 2000 00:30:22 -0500

Pauline:  here are some replies to your query about the roses:

<<... 6 Zepherine Drouhin rose plants ready to go in
 but although our temps are going into the 50's during the day,
 they are still in the 30's at night, so I might wait. ...
 Does she need special advice for this kind of rose..? 

Nothing special.  Get them in the ground as soon as she is not too 
uncomfortable digging holes.  Then make sure she keeps them
well watered.

Milt  [rose expert in Chicago]

Penny,  she should go ahead and plant now. In southern coastal SC the
ground does *not* freeze. The plants need time to get their root systems
developed before hot weather sets in, and that will be in just a few
months. She should plant the roses and cover the canes with some type 
of mulch to keep them from dehydrating. As they start to grow, she can
gradually pull the excess mulch away.

Garry  [rose expert in Cary, North Carolina]

                 Penny -- I've never grown ZD, but it is a Bourbon, so it

should be fine in a colder climate.  That's not something I know 
about!  One reason I don't grow ZD is that I have been told by people in 
all different parts of the country that she will mildew.  !  She is sold 
as being somewhat shade tolerant, but that is probably not true.  She IS 
beautiful when she's beautiful (we saw her in bloom in the Lynchburg, VA,

Old City Cemetery) but I am also told that she can be stingy with bloom, 
esp. for the first 4 years or so. 

Jeri [rose expert in California]

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