Friday, October 3, 2014

2015 Rose Introduction

2015 Rose Reveal

Witherspoon Rose Culture is proud to introduce these roses into our 2015 collection!

Our Catalog Launch Party is happening 
October 4th 10am-4pm!

Hybrid Teas and Grandifloras

American Dream (WINbur)
Live the American Dream by filling your rose garden with velvety red, long stemmed roses.  With large, spiral blooms, this excellent cut rose will stand proudly in any arrangement.  (3’w x 5-6’h) (Certified)

Color Magic (JACmag)
Each bloom exhibits a wide spectrum of pink hues ranging from salmon to apricot and pink kissed ivory to deep rose.  With colors that deepen in the sun and an intense fruity fragrance, this rose will excite the magic lover in all of us. (3-4’w x 4-6’h) (Certified)

Dolly Parton
Very large, voluptuous burnt orange-red blossoms invite you over to experience the tantalizingly strong fragrance of sweet rose.  Long lasting blooms live up to their namesake as this rose is a show stopper!  (4’w x 4-5’h) (Star)

The McCartney Rose™ (MEIzeli)
This attention grabbing rose was given to Sir Paul McCartney by his record company to celebrate his birthday.  Massive, brilliant pink blooms pull you in to experience a mesmerizing candy-like fragrance.  (2-3’w x 3-6’h) (Star)

The Wake Forest University Rose
EXCLUSIVE! You don’t have to be a Demon Deacon to appreciate the golden color of this university rose!  This grandiflora, with good disease resistance and a light apple fragrance, is a great bloomer with blossoms that deepen in color with cooler temperatures.  With $10 from every rose purchased going to the general scholarship fund, you can feel good about adding the first university rose to your garden. (3’w x 5-6’h) (Weeks)

Sedona (JACmcall)
Warm blossoms, reminiscent of a desert sunset, burst open to reveal layers of reds, corals, and oranges.  As the bloom spirals open, it will entice you to take a closer look with its strong pear fragrance.  (3-4’w, 5-6’h)  PPAF (Weeks) 


Columbus (WEKuz)
Columbus will entice you to explore the deepest corners of the garden with its deep pink, well-formed blossoms that do not fade in the sun.  (3’w x 4’h) PP8183 (Weeks)


Cl. Above All™ (CHEWesic)
This modernized version of the classic Westerland has the same salmon-orange clusters of blooms, but with more petals and improved flower production.  Combine that with a fruity fragrance, great disease resistance, and excellent vigor for a modern climber that will continuously bloom spring through fall. (10-14’h) PPAF (Weeks)

Cl. Coral Dawn®
Deep pink buds open into well-formed, soft pink blooms on this vigorous climber.  Blooming in fragrant flushes throughout the season, this climber puts on a show you will not want to miss! (8-12’h) PP1117 (Certified)

Cl. Malvern Hills® (AUScanary)
Clusters of small yellow blossoms repeatedly bloom in flushes on long arching canes. Experience the delightful rose fragrance that only a David Austin can provide with this free flowering, almost thornless climber. (12’h)

David Austin

Claire Austin (AUSprior)
There is an elegance that only a white rose can bring to a garden.  Let the strong scent of myrrh and vanilla invite you in to fully experience the large cupped bloom.  Long arching canes, coupled with disease resistance and vigor, will add subtle elegance to any rose garden for years to come.  (3’w x 4-5’h) PP19465 

Tree Roses

Weeping China Doll
Sprays of ruffled pink blossoms on long slender canes spill over to create an alluring display worthy of becoming a focal point.  Moderate temperatures will increase bloom production. (48”h) (Weeks)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

What is Chelated Iron and Why Should I Care?

What is Clorosis?
If you notice yellowing between the veins of the laves or if the leaves appear to be a lighter green than normal, your plant may have chlorosis caused by an iron deficiency.  If a plant cannot take in iron from the soil it cannot for chlorophyll which is what makes healthy leaves look green and strong.

An iron deficient plant will be hightly susceptible to diseases it would normally resist, such as Downy Mildew in July.
Two Eden Climbers.  The plant on the right is showing severe iron deficiency and was treated with both a soil drench and a foliar spray.
The same plants two months after chelated iron treatment.  Notice that the plant on the right has regained its color and vigorous growth.
What is Chelated Iron?
Chelated iron has been treated to make the iron soluble in water and more readily available to a plant for easier uptake after being applied.  In other words, it makes the iron immediately available to the plant and helps the plant form chlorophyll which will create healthy green leaves.  We all like healthy green leaves!

What are the Symptoms of Clorosis?

  1. Yellowing starting between the veins on the leaves (interveinal chlorosis)
  2. Brown edges on the leaves
  3. Poor plant growth and lack of flowering
  4. Tough, brittle leaf texture and marginal curling of the most heavily affected leaves
10 different rose varieties, all showing various degrees and stages of iron deficiency.

Two months after treatment, the dark green color has returned and the roses have begun to flower again.
How Do I Use Chelated Iron?
Applying chelated iron will temporarily reverse the chlorosis but a soil test is the best way to find out why your plant or plants seem to have an iron deficiency.  The underlying causes vary from high pH to over fertilization to waterlogging.  The soil test results will suggest steps that can be taken to improve the soil and prevent iron deficiencies in the future.

Liquid chelated iron my be applied either as a foliar spray or a soil drench around the drip line of the plant.  Foliar sprays will be faster and more effective than soil drenches, especially if the soil is very dry.  One caution - it is important to spray the leaves when the temperatures are cooler, preferably in the mornings, to avoid burning the leaves.  If you decided to apply iron to the soil, add the recommended amount of a gallon of water and apply at the base of the plant.  For severe cases, performing the soil drench AND the foliar spray will provide the benefits of both treatments to the plant.

Foliar Spray 
Acts quickly to restore the color in the leaves 

Soil Drench
Moves slowly upwards through the plant to provide sustained greening throughout the canes

Now you know what chelated iron is, why you might want to use it, and how to apply it safely to your plants.

Let's hear a cheer for healthy green leaves!