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'Dr. W. Van Fleet' rose Reviews & Comments
Discussion id : 2-700
most recent 3 APR 04 SHOW ALL
 
Initial post 25 FEB 04 by Unregistered Guest
I have a Van Fleet growing on a trellis next to my porch. It hasn't done very well and is almost to the point of no return. I am wondering how I can save this beautiful plant and return it to a healthy state. There are a few green sprouts on the very old, tangled vine. Any info would be great to have! Thanks!
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Reply #1 of 2 posted 30 JUN 03 by The Old Rosarian
Because Dr. van Fleet is a rambler, he makes a lot of growth. In time the growth becomes old and hard and new anes can't break through. To make a rose healthier, you cut out all the old growth that is dead. Then you cut back the old, but still growing growth to about 6 feet tall. Finally give him a handful of any rose fertilizer and scatter it all around the base and then put a mulch of anything you can get in your area around the base too. Roses love to have cool, damp but not wet roots. He has enough vigour to return next year.
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Reply #2 of 2 posted 3 APR 04 by Unregistered Guest
I have a Van Fleet that I transplanted. Originally it was planted next to my garage and it would get no afternoon sun. Mine started to decline also, even though i had been taking care of it since just buying our house. After i transplanted it to an area where it gets sun all day long it has grown monsterous! You might want to check the amount of sun you get next to your porch.
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Discussion id : 2-019
most recent 25 FEB 04 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 25 FEB 04 by Unregistered Guest
i took cuttings of this rose from my nmother's house. My parents have lived there for over 65 years and my fathers aunt planted this rose. It grows like wild with almost no care. It has the sweetest smell ever. I have given cuttings to all my children. I think it's important to keep these things alive. I guess this rose bush is almost 100 years old.
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Discussion id : 3-347
most recent 25 FEB 04 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 25 FEB 04 by Anonymous-797
ms lizzie of claxton, ga who is now deaceased, who was 90 at the time, said her mother had this rose. it was in a field that was used for planting crops. just cut around and was fert zilied by whatever was used on the crop that was planted..it grew in a huge mound about 20 feet across and about 8 feet tall.. it is still there to this day she gave me some cuttings ,i believe, in 1987 or 88. have moved it to fort valley , ga, jacksonville, fla, fairhope, ala. naples. fla. okeechobee, fla, and now to hendersonville, nc. will take it with me wherever i go.
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