Advice for beginner?
I recently purchased my first roses from Roses Unlimited, and would appreciate any advice about planting, care, etc.
Plants I ordered:
'Maman Cochet' Tea
'Souvenir de Victor Hugo' Tea
'Mount Vernon Purple Noisette' AKA 'Mrs. Woods' Lavender-Pink Noisette'
I'm hoping these are varieties that will be healthy and not too fussy here- I live in the Charleston, SC area, and try to stick to organic growing practices.
My intention is to pot them up into larger containers for the rest of the summer, and then put them in the ground once we get some cooler weather- probably in October.
I plant most things in compost (lovely, dark organic matter that drains well), with some Bio-tone Starter Plus 4-3-3 (a ridiculously long name for a plant food) mixed in, and I use some Sea-Hume (a seaweed and humic acid mix) when first watering in, and with some regularity afterwards. Should this provide enough nutrients for the plants until I can get them in the ground this fall? Or should I scratch in some Rose-tone and/or Milorganite and/or something else in the meantime? Assuming that I can find some Mills Magic Mix locally, is it a product that I should use?
RU has a great reputation for selling healthy, large plants, but from what I've read, I am expecting that it will take at least 3-5 years for the teas to mature into attractive, leafy plants- to come into their own, as it were...
Also, from what I've read, I'm expecting that I may experience some BS or other problems during these first years that the plants will- hopefully- grow out of. I'm not too bothered by some blemished leaves, although complete defoliation would cause me some concern.
In your experience, what are some common newbie mistakes that I should try to avoid making- particularly with reference to these particular roses?
Thanks in advance for whatever info you can provide,