Austin roses in Ontario

Susanne27(5a Ontario Canada)February 25, 2014

I want to try some Austin roses this year. Would Doctor Huey rootstock work for me here in Ontario zone 5 or should I be ordering own root? I ask because there is a very limited variety available in Ontario and I am thinking of ordering from Austin in Texas.

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I'm in zone 5. I grow Austins on Dr. Huey and they do well.

    Bookmark   February 25, 2014 at 11:23AM
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Susanne27(5a Ontario Canada)

Thank you Krista for your input. I looked at your My Page in the forum and you have an amazing collection of roses and since we like the same thing in roses - colour and fragrance and old style roses - I printed your rose list off as a reference.


    Bookmark   February 25, 2014 at 12:04PM
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I'm in a totally different zone 5 but over here in Sweden Rosa canina inermis or Pfänder's canina are the recommended rootstocks for most zones, although Rosa 'Laxa', works in warmer zones of Scandiavia. If not available I'd go for own root plants.

    Bookmark   February 26, 2014 at 5:21PM
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nippstress - zone 5 Nebraska

I have about 30 Austins in my zone 5 Nebraska yard, and I can't tell any hardiness differences between the ones that are grafted and the own root ones. In general, I tend to find that almost all Austins are hardy - many tip hardy - in zone 5, but in Krista's zone 4 she has to be more selective I'm sure.

In my experience, you can pick whichever source has the roses you're looking for without worrying about hardiness. Grafted roses might grow a little faster than own root, but my own root Austins have been pretty fast at getting established too.


    Bookmark   February 27, 2014 at 2:04PM
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Susanne27(5a Ontario Canada)

Thank you for the helpful information and what I was hoping to hear. It opens up a lot more choices for me.


    Bookmark   February 27, 2014 at 9:46PM
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