How have your roses come thru these hurricanes?
Hello all you Florida rosarians out there!
I am the editor of our rose society's monthly newsletter and I am putting together a brief article/report of what Florida rosarians did to prepare their roses before the hurricanes and how they came thru. Of course the most important thing is to secure our homes and keep our families safe ... but with so many days to prepare I think some of you might have also taken steps to protect your roses.
In my garden (200+ roses) we untied the roses from their stakes and let them fall where they may. After 100 mph winds from Charley and 10 hours of 60+ mph from Frances the roses did suprisingly well. The roses are grafted onto fortuniana. Most laid down and escaped any major cane damage - only a few broken canes and none broke off at the grafts. The ones that were growing in large pots were also laid down on their sides. After standing the pots back up they seem to have incurred little damage. By letting the roses lay down on the ground there was little leaf damage (not even torn leaves).
What approaches did you take and how did they work? Also what area do you live in?
I would appreciate sharing your experiences with our rose society members.
Thanks, Elaine P.