How Large Before You Try to Raise Them?

yumtomatoes(10a/FLA)September 22, 2012

My desert roses are about 8" tall, one year old. Is it time to raise them and if not, what criteria do I use to know when to try to raise them?

We also are getting a lot of rain right now so I thought raising them may help to prevent rot.

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ltran54(9)

I see you are in Florida, the weather still warm for another 2-3 months, so it is good time to raise them. But better to leave them to March at the begining of growing season to make sure the safe of rot roots.

I never afraid of too much rain, unlet it in 30 or below 30 degree.

Marie

    Bookmark   September 22, 2012 at 10:54PM
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yumtomatoes(10a/FLA)

Just to make sure I understand, I should wait to raise them until just before the growing season starts in March?

    Bookmark   September 22, 2012 at 11:09PM
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irun5k

For zone 10 I think you are safe if you do it now- I have repotted in September a number of times.

However, this is assuming they are around a year old, and have grey caudexes (not green.) Otherwise, I would give them more time.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2012 at 9:07AM
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karyn1(7a)

I wait until I see that the caudexes are really developing before I begin raising them. If it's just slightly bulbous I leave them be. I haven't really begun raising my seedlings that I posted pics of last week and those are pretty well developed. They all need repotting but I'm going to wait until spring and then will raise them a couple inches.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2012 at 10:53AM
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yumtomatoes(10a/FLA)

Here is a pic of my seedlings. Are they ready to raise?

    Bookmark   September 23, 2012 at 2:07PM
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karyn1(7a)

I wouldn't raise them yet but you might want to cut them back. I prune mine in the early spring but being that you are in zone 10 you might be able to prune them at any time. I don't know.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2012 at 4:34PM
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yumtomatoes(10a/FLA)

I think rather than prune these I may use them for grafting. The red one that you can see in the picture, the flowers fade alot in the sun and I hate that. I have a favorite red desert rose that is a true red and doesn't fade much that I think I will use to graft onto any of these that have flowers that I don't care for.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2012 at 4:57PM
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karyn1(7a)

You should definitely cut them back to encourage caudex growth and to give you more stems to graft onto. If you leave them like this most are just going to have that single stem.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2012 at 6:32PM
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elucas101(8)

I planted my seedlings a few months ago but many of them are tall and some even getting heavy enough on top they want to "flop" a bit - so it is ok to prune back the seedlings? Just seal the top of the cut like you would a large plant and this time of year is ok to do that? (I'm in Texas) Thanks!

    Bookmark   September 26, 2012 at 4:10PM
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yumtomatoes(10a/FLA)

karyn - I will cut them back but I thought I would wait to see the flowers. If I like the flower, I will keep them but if I don't, I will graft them.

    Bookmark   September 26, 2012 at 10:14PM
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karyn1(7a)

That's what I try to do but only had about a half dozen that had bloomed within 3 years and the others were getting so tall and lanky that I couldn't stand looking at them anymore.This is the lanky group of cuttings right after I pruned them last March.

This is them now.

    Bookmark   September 27, 2012 at 8:19AM
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