moving plants to improve fragrance

whitejade(z5 MI)September 4, 2005

I have loved fragant plants of all types for many years - one thing I've noted personally is that sometimes a plant will be more or less fragrant depending on where exactly one puts them.

This summer that was really driven home to me because I'd bought a Sweet Chariot miniature rose - it arrived in the mail and as soon as I unwrapped it was treated to about 4 blooms of the most incredible fragrance! I was pretty excited, thinking how glorious this rose smelled - but ever since planting it, it's been non-fragrant. Almost totally.

I know that sometimes a plant will be listed as fragrant but will not perform , and maybe it was a lackluster seedling or soemthing - but in my case, I KNOW this plant can produce incredible scented flowrs because I've smelled them - it's just not doing that (and it has rebloomed now about 4 times from when I first planted it so it is well over the planting shock) . I've moved plants around and found that this Did in fact help them somehow, so I will be doing that for this Sweet Chariot too. In all other ways this rose is really strong!

Anyone else have such an experience?

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risingpower1(Essex, UK)

Indeed yes, roses and other plants need a lot of light and rich soil to produce stronger scents and I find it's strongest when the soil is drier and there's a lot of light around. I'd put some manure or really rich compost around the rose, and scatter the area with fertilizer.


    Bookmark   September 5, 2005 at 8:10AM
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