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Post by paulh on 26th April 2014, 22:07

Got cofirmation on Soul Sister aka Koko Loco will be available here in Perth early spring.
It seems that only Roworths have picked it up, $22.95, can't wait.
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Post by The Lazy Rosarian on 27th April 2014, 06:30

Hi Paul, that's good news. It is a bit dearer than over here on the East Coast. $21.95 at one nursery and $18.95 at another. Paul, do you know if it will be on fortuniana stock ?
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Post by Bruce Sanders on 27th April 2014, 08:43

I have confirmation that mine will arrive early June, looking forward to seeing what this rose is all about

I was Luck and got mine at $18.90 when they were first introduced
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Post by The Lazy Rosarian on 27th April 2014, 10:35

We might keep this thread going over time to see how it goes Bruce. Mine is small, but I believe it is a rootstock issue.
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Post by Bruce Sanders on 27th April 2014, 10:47

David, it has performed well in other countries and it is also one that can bee grown in pots. Good idea to keep the thread open so we can monitor what happens with it in the different areas
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Post by paulh on 27th April 2014, 22:00

It should be on fortuniana David, Roworths spruke that they only graft on to fortuniana so I guess we will just have to trust them. They were the only nursery that would give me a fortuniana plant, so they have got my trust.
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Post by paulh on 27th April 2014, 22:04

On the price, that how it is here in Perth, it doesn't matter what you buy, everyone is out to make a fortune in the quickest time. Cripes even a latte cost heaps more here than in the east.
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Post by muscovyduckling on 29th April 2014, 10:32

So true Paul. My family are all in Perth and whenever they visit they tell me how cheap everything is here. And I mean everything. From plants to fruit to lattes to houses.
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Post by Ausrose on 30th April 2014, 13:20

The dark side may not be so dark after all if the price difference between Soul Sister in WA and NSW is taken into consideration.

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Post by Ausrose on 11th May 2014, 18:42

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AVAILABLE SWANES
Rose Class : floribunda
Colour : milky chocolate suffusing to atmospheric lavender
Fragrance : mild tea
Foliage : rich dark green
Height : rounded to 150cm
Petal Count : 30 -35
Flower size : 110mm very full
Breeder : Bedard
Awards : Passed Swanes arduous evaluation trials
Parentage : Blueberry Hill x Pot o Gold

Catalogue Description :
You just can't imagine a colour like this, and the soul that goes with it. Milky chocolate buds open latte coffee and finish hinting a lavender blend . The feminine finish is atmospheric, creating a flowerful friend, more than that, a soul sister.
Beyond the warm linen tones there lies a handsome plant, round bushy and full of clean green leaves. Another great Swane's evaluated variety. a right and proper honour for your soul sister.
If you like Julia's Rose you will love Soul Sister.

Growers Notes :
Hotter areas will notice better lavender colour in the finishing blooms
For fast repeat blooming pick the flowers and/or deadhead often.
Follow up with some manure/mulch/fertiliser and make new growth happen.
In warmer areas flower comes right through the cooler months
Being a compact floribunda Soul Sister loves a pot on a sunny balcony or patio

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Post by paulh on 11th May 2014, 20:09

thanks Ausrose for the time you have taken to post that info, muchly appreciated.
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Post by Balinbear on 12th May 2014, 16:19

roseman wrote:We might keep this thread going over time to see how it goes Bruce. Mine is small, but I believe it is a rootstock issue.

Same here. Whatever it is does not like acidic soil.

In saying that ours had a flower on it the other day that was almost a big as the whole plant.
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Post by The Lazy Rosarian on 12th May 2014, 17:12

Gary, what is your pH roughly ? You have other roses growing around it, how do they perform?
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Post by AutumnDamask on 12th May 2014, 22:01

I think my pH is about the same as Gary's - that is, between 4.5 and 5.
I put most of my growth troubles down to my inconsistent fertilisation and the pressure from weeds, weevils, earwigs and rabbits!

And I thought Soul Sister was supposed to be a smallish plant? (Although "small because eaten by rabbits" isn't really good way to be small...)
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Post by Balinbear on 12th May 2014, 23:09

roseman wrote:Gary, what is your pH roughly ? You have other roses growing around it, how do they perform?
We have a low of 4 and a high of 6 but it is generally around 5.5.

Virtually beside the Soul Sister we have a Mrs BR Cant that is about 2 metres above a 2metre high arch and an Irish Elegance that seems to do okay. Soul Sister is not the first rose not to perform in the garden.
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Post by Ausrose on 13th May 2014, 04:49

I would suggest the pH is on the low side. This means the soil is acidic and the pH needs to be raised to between 6.5 and 7. You can do this by adding dolomite to your beds at the rate of 60-125 grams per square metre in Spring or early Summer.

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Post by Balinbear on 13th May 2014, 08:52

Ausrose wrote:I would suggest the pH is on the low side. This means the soil is acidic and the pH needs to be raised to between 6.5 and 7. You can do this by adding dolomite to your beds at the rate of 60-125 grams per square metre in Spring or early Summer.

I have been doing this but only in certain areas to try it out (We have a very large garden).

Most of the older Teas etc that we grow don't have an issue with the PH and grow regardless. Some of our most floriferous Teas grow in soil with PH 4.5.

It appears that only the more modern roses seem to take issue with the PH level.
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Post by Balinbear on 13th May 2014, 08:59

Ausrose wrote:I would suggest the pH is on the low side. This means the soil is acidic and the pH needs to be raised to between 6.5 and 7. You can do this by adding dolomite to your beds at the rate of 60-125 grams per square metre in Spring or early Summer.

I question I do have is the application dependant on rainfall or temperature as different parts of the Country have different climatic conditions.

For example our roses generally are at their best late April and through May. Yes they have a spurt in mid September (can be as early as mid August depending on the winter) when the summer flowering varieties flower but the hot north-westerlies in Late September and Early October burn them off and they are generally quiet until late summer. Yes we have flowering spurts in summer but it nothing like the cooler climate areas. If general we hard prune it is in late February though I have found you can do it any time of year.

So would the application be better suited to early Autumn when we have rainfall and the roses are about to take off.
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Post by Ausrose on 14th May 2014, 11:45

I would follow the recommended time frame and if you don't get results I would start experimenting.

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