The monthly meeting of the Houston Rose Society this month is on Thursday, April 14, 2016. The meeting begins at 7:30 pm at the Cherie Flores Pavilion at the north end of Hermann Park. Admission is free. The public is welcome.

April 14, 2016
    The Way to Grow Roses on Fortuniana Rootstock Featuring Don Adlong

Don Adlong knows how to grow roses. And his success has been reflected many times by winning Queen of Show at numerous local, district and national rose shows. Don is a member of the Central Arkansas Rose Society, an ARS Mater Rosarian and Horticultural Judge. He and Paula grow approximately 450 roses of all types. They are the recipients of several ARS national exhibiting trophies.

Perhaps the main secret of the dinner plate sized roses he grows is the Fortuniana rootstock he uses. Until the 1960s, most rootstock was Dr. Huey. It is still commonly found.

But exhibitors discovered Fortuniana rootstock and rose shows have never been the same. Don Adlong is an acknowledged expert on the techniques of growing roses in the South on this special rootstock. Fortuniana is so different that it requires special horticultural techniques such a staking the bushes. And you must allow plenty of room in your garden because roses can be eight to ten feet high. The root system is shallow, but can be six feet in diameter. And the blooms! The blooms are huge. Bigger than life. Bigger than anything you have grown before.

If you have ever been tempted to have rose blooms so huge that they will knock your eyes out, come to our April meeting and learn from an expert what you need to know to grow roses on Fortuniana. See you at the Cheri Flores Pavilion.

Consulting Rosarian is Donald Burger. Bring him your questions.

Grand Prix begins this month. Bring your blooms!


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