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Robert Neil Rippetoe
Discussion id : 73-512
most recent 13 AUG 13 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 12 AUG 13 by Desertgarden Lynn's Las Vegas Garden
Hello,

I garden in Las Vegas Nevada and our gardening conditions are similar in many ways. I am re-landscaping my garden and have purchased many own root David Austin roses and Old Garden Roses.

Could you provide any advice regarding successfully cultivating the soil in preparation for these roses? My sandy soil is alkaline and void a lot of nutrients. I am in the process of having it professionally tested. I am partial to pink roses. Are there any roses that you can recommend or could you please list the ones that have been bullet-proof in your garden?

Any advice or information you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

Lynn
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Reply #1 of 1 posted 13 AUG 13 by Robert Neil Rippetoe
HI Lynn, as you know roses can be quite forgiving. That said, any effort made toward preparing the root zone ahead of planting will be well rewarded. Your soil analysis will give you your best clues as to what to use.

I'm afraid our soils burn through root zone organic amendments quickly and we're left with mineral subsoil in short time. Mulches are our best investment in the long term for moisture retention and slow feeding.

My roses are a combination of own-root and budded. Those budded usually have an easier time of it in terms of tolerating less than ideal soil conditions. A few of the best Austin pinks here are/were 'Mary Rose', 'Eglantyne', 'Pretty Jessica'. My best pink is old pink is 'Souvenir de la Malmaison'. I'm also quite fond of 'Tiffany', 'Yves Piaget', and 'Friendship'.

I'm a sucker for fragrance. Selection will depend on placement and usage.

If you have questions about anything specific I can give you my thoughts.

I envy you the new garden. Best wishes, Robert
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Discussion id : 66-406
most recent 17 AUG 12 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 16 AUG 12 by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Yes, I'm interested in seeds of the blue "Joyberry" offspring that you breed.
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Reply #1 of 1 posted 17 AUG 12 by Robert Neil Rippetoe
Greetings, I don't have seed to share but might be able to send you a rooted plant.

I'm not looking for much these days. I have far too many roses already.

I'll try sending you a PM. I don't know why my account won't accept messages. I'll look at my settings. I prefer that messages be allowed.
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Discussion id : 64-984
most recent 12 JUN 12 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 10 JUN 12 by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Question about Bohemian Rhapsody for my zone 5a: Will it be about the size of Knock-out (4' x 4'), same hardiness, and always blooming like Knock-out? I killed Knock-outs since they are thorny and I'm thinking about replacing them with less thorn Bohemian Rhapsody (I wonder if I can cut a branch for the vase since it's fragrant?) Thank you for any info.
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Reply #1 of 2 posted 10 JUN 12 by Robert Neil Rippetoe
Usually grows a bit wider than tall, maybe 3' tall by 4' -5' wide after 3-4 seasons. Repeat is good, and so is fragrance. It's mostly smooth. Any branches that produce prickles should be pruned away. I've only had one branch produce a few prickles here and there.

Hardiness is untested. I'm guessing it will be ok. It looks as if you grow a few roses I thought might be too tender for your zone.

I've never tried it as a cut flower. I'm guessing it's probably not the best, maybe a few days before shattering. I try to breed roses that self clean for the garden.

Best wishes, Robert
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Reply #2 of 2 posted 12 JUN 12 by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Thank you, Robert, for that info. I grow some roses in pots, to be winterized in my garage, like Annie Laurie McDowell. The rest I planted deep, next to the house with southern or western exposure. I also bury them with extra 4" of dirt after the first killing frost.
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Discussion id : 57-304
most recent 18 SEP 11 HIDE POSTS
 
Initial post 17 SEP 11 by lisa2759
i became a member i still dont know how to give you my email so you can tell me about jana
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Reply #1 of 1 posted 18 SEP 11 by Robert Neil Rippetoe
Liz?

Did you get the information I left earlier?
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