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Growing Roses in Cold Climates Hardcover – November 11, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0809229413 ISBN-10: 0809229412 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Contemporary Gardener
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (November 11, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809229412
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809229413
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,754,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The second book in the Cold Climate Gardener's Library, Growing Roses in Cold Cimates contains everything a gardener needs to know about growing healthy, hardy roses in cold climate conditions.

As many as 65 percent of America's gardeners live in colder regions, and based on extensive market research, gardeners in cold climates need, and are willing to pay for, specific information on growing roses under adverse conditions. This handsome, comprehensive, and fully-illustrated volume contains pertinent information for growing 700 varieties of roses; a five-star rating system based on extensive field testing that helps readers select the very best roses for cold climates; organic and inorganic remedies for common rose problems; tip and hints drawn from 60 years of hands-on growing experience; and detailed mail order source lists for each class of rose. From the basics, including step-by-step photos that show exactly how to winter-protect roses to advanced methods of propogation, this growing guide has it all. It is truly the cold climate rose gardener's bible.


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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 25, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The most valuable part of this book is the section that rates each rose. It gives a 1-5 star rating and a detailed description of the characteristics of that plant. It tells you why it deserved 5 stars or what is wrong with the rose so it didn't earn 5 stars! The other part of this book gives detailed and easy to understand tips on how to plant, feed, and protect your roses. The pictures are excellent and this is a hard book to put down. The author is obviously a lover of roses and not just a horticulturist!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By E. E. Filson on September 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Not only is this book the best reference, but the only one that gives novices as well as the advanced growers the information on growing healthy roses in the colder zones. It classifies the different types of roses that can be grown well, how to plant them, prune them, maintain them, select them and where to buy them. If non-hardy hybrid teas are your choice, it has excellent pictures giving the step-by-step method of tipping roses for winter protection. Roses hardy for the north are all listed - the old garden roses up to the newly hybridized Canadian hardy roses. Anyone wanting to grow roses in the north needs this excellent reference!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul on January 18, 2012
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I have over 30 books about roses and growing roses, but little information on growing them in cold climates - I still don't. I certainly am not a rose expert, but I have grown roses for approximately 45 years in various climatic conditions from cold winters in Ontario Canada, very warm summers & mild winters in South Carolina, hot humid summers & mild winters in Louisiana, and very hot summers plus winters with extreme temperature fluctuations in Texas.

You may wonder why someone living in Texas would purchase this book - I purchased it because of my desire to increase my knowledge about roses, plus I am considering the possibility of moving north again.

This book contains a lot of good useful standard information (70-80% of book) about planting roses, fertilizing them, pruning them, etc; however there is liitle real information about growing in cold climates except for the old "Minnesota Tip Method" for winter protection where the rose is tipped over and buried.

A significant portion of the varieties & types (families) of roses described are not suitable for the average rose grower to attempt in cold climates. The authors even mention this, but still waste a lot of valuable space describing these roses. I found little that would help me choose suitable rose varieties for cold climates, if I didn't want to bury them for the winter.

There is virtually no description of the rose groups specifically breed for northern climates (without burying plant for winter) such as: Griffith Buck Roses (breed to withstand cold winters of north central USA), Explorer Roses (breed to withstand humid, cold winters of eastern Canada & northeastern USA) or Parkland Roses(breed to withstand dry cold winters on northern prairies).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John J. Poillucci on December 31, 2007
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This book is well organized and has a wonderful rating system on cold weather roses. Evrything you need to know about roses in cold climates in one place.
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Excellent book to have for any rose lover. The only thing I would change is probably that the book doesn't cover 'ownroot' roses just bareroot. Otherwise it's great! Shipping was fast and done well. Thankyou!
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