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Post by lucia on 16th November 2016, 14:08

Hi all,
Just thought I would share, a very easy way to rescue roses, that look v sick , sometimes they dont do well in a spot or when they arrive in the post they look quite tired. I rescued and got 12 roses growing strongly this year with this method,
I buy the brunnings coconut coir block soak it in a wheel barrow with couple of tablespoons of thrive, or other soluble fertilizer, then put some in a large pot, then sprinkle of osmocote, then bit more coconut fibre, then rose , pack the fibre around the rest of plant and soak, within about 8 weeks the difference is outstanding, I have tried potting mixs but never had the results of root growth and rescuability of the coconut fibre, it never ceases to amaze me.  I have included a pic of Dainty Bess and the growth after 8 weeks in a pot from hardly having any roots alive.[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
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Post by neptune on 17th November 2016, 01:42

Is this due to fresh new growing medium and fertilizer as compared to tired soil that it was originally growing in....?
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Post by Alya on 17th November 2016, 12:55

I am not so sure if it is due to a new growing medium.
Two years ago, I planted roses in pots and I mixed coconut coir block with the potting soil I bought and added fertilizers and so on and when I run out of the coconut coir block I carried on planting without the coir in the soil but the rest being the same. (In the end: 30 potted roses with coconut coir and 23 without).  All of the roses I planted with coconut coir have done very well  and still doing very well  and grew a very good root system but the ones without the coconut coir needed extra attention.  The coconut coir also acted as a deterrent for the ants riddling the soil inside the pot.

I also used the coconut coir block mix on the ground to break up and soften the clay soil. The result was very good.

It is expensive to carry on using the coconut coir so I get hold of it when I can afford it.

I have not had much luck with germinating-growing seeds in coconut coir environment though.

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Post by lucia on 17th November 2016, 14:56

Yes this was what I found, they certainly performed better compared to potting mix, and once planted continued to grow with more vigor.
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