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Florida Hardy Rose Production Seminar
Wouldn't it be nice if you could just plant roses and never have to care for them. The University of Florida has been doing some important work on this dream for you. Three locations across Florida north, central, and south, trialed old garden roses to see how well they hold up under minimal input landscape care. The central location was located here in Plant City under the watchful eye of Dr. Sydney Park-Brown.The idea for this project came from the Texas A&M Earth-kind roses program http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/earthkind/roses/. The roses were subjected to every day climate at their various locations. And they were treated with a "set it and forget it" landscape approach. These roses had minimal fertilizer, minimal irrigation, no pruning, and no pesticides for either disease or insect control. The results of this experiment were given at a seminar in conjunction with the University of Florida Research and Extension at the Plant City Campus.At our seminar we also provided participants with roses to take home and trial from the best performing varieties. I provided rooted cuttings and Dr. Gary Knox from the North Florida Research and Education Center provided one gallon plants. It was my intention that someone in our local industry would start to grow them commercially. Some of the best performing varieties they found from the old garden roses were Mutabalis, Knock Outs, Spice, and Mrs. B.R. Kant.These might be excellent varieties to provide for your landscape customers for landscape and home enjoyment.Here are the presentations in case you missed them on my website. Just scroll down to the Florida Hardy Rose Production Seminar and click on a title of the presentations you would like to see. http://hillsborough.extension.ufl.edu/Ag/AgOrnProd/AgPresentations2009.html
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