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I keep seeing in catalogues reassurances that David Austin roses are
tough plants and don't require pampering.

But I remain sceptical about how successful a plant bred in England
can be in, oh just for example, a city built on the edge of the
prairie in the U.S. midwest, where hot and dry days are common.

I live in Chicago. Yes, I know how to use a sprinkler, but
that's not the same as living in England's green and pleasant land.

Does anyone have any experience with these plants in these conditions?

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I have several Dave Austin's, and although they are very nice, I would not
call them care free. They require winter protection in my zone, and they
tend to develop black spot. (I spray every 7 to 14 days) As far as watering,
I would say they are need no more or less than your typical hybrid.



One other thing, you need to be careful not to feed Austin roses too high a
nitrogen fertilizer. The bloom stems tend to be very flexible, resulting in
bloom droop, so I try to give them a bit more phosphorous and potassium and
a little less nitrogen, to promote sturdier canes and stems.



Saying all that, I love the Austin bloom form, and they are strong-scented.
I'm glad to have them, and you would be too, as long as you don't mind
fussing a little.



Jeff, Southeast Michigan, Zone 5



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I keep seeing in catalogues reassurances that David Austin roses are
tough plants and don't require pampering.

But I remain sceptical about how successful a plant bred in England
can be in, oh just for example, a city built on the edge of the
prairie in the U.S. midwest, where hot and dry days are common.

I live in Chicago. Yes, I know how to use a sprinkler, but
that's not the same as living in England's green and pleasant land.

Does anyone have any experience with these plants in these conditions?

--
-john

February 28 1997: Last day libraries could order catalogue cards
from the Library of Congress.



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Jeffrey L. Kline wrote:
I have several Dave Austin's, and although they are very nice, I would not
call them care free. They require winter protection in my zone, and they
tend to develop black spot. (I spray every 7 to 14 days) As far as watering,
I would say they are need no more or less than your typical hybrid.


I am, in theory, zone 5 also, so the protection part is good to know.

What concerns me more is the black spot - I currently don't spray (it
helps that my two roses are both Griffith Buck roses) and it would have
to be a very impressive rose to get me to start. Of course the David
Austin roses *are* very impressive, so there I am leaning towards a
"buy" decision.

Hmm.

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I keep seeing in catalogues reassurances that David Austin roses are
tough plants and don't require pampering.

But I remain sceptical about how successful a plant bred in England
can be in, oh just for example, a city built on the edge of the
prairie in the U.S. midwest, where hot and dry days are common.

I live in Chicago. Yes, I know how to use a sprinkler, but
that's not the same as living in England's green and pleasant land.

Does anyone have any experience with these plants in these conditions?

--
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Have you looked at their website? There is discussion on that about which roses will do in which zones: http://www.davidaustinroses.com/amer...sp?PageId=2063
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Our Chamblee's Rose Nursery www.chambleeroses.com

Lists David Austin(R) English Roses in zones typically 4-9 some 5-10
and some 4-11

The map they use is the USDA Plant Hardiness zone map - puts
the windy city in zone 5.

So most can handle it there to up to central Wi Westward.

You having -20 to -10 degrees F as a minimum range for zone 5.

I suspect they have rose information on their site and the roses we
picked up from them are wonderful. We are in zone 8.

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John M. Gamble wrote:
I keep seeing in catalogues reassurances that David Austin roses are
tough plants and don't require pampering.

But I remain sceptical about how successful a plant bred in England
can be in, oh just for example, a city built on the edge of the
prairie in the U.S. midwest, where hot and dry days are common.

I live in Chicago. Yes, I know how to use a sprinkler, but
that's not the same as living in England's green and pleasant land.

Does anyone have any experience with these plants in these conditions?



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