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Post by Admin on 10th January 2010, 14:28

We had our hottest day on record here yesterday... was 33 down in Devonport and was well over 40 up here away from the coast... all the flowers that I had ear-marked for pollination fried and burnt to a crisp... I've got all this pollen ready to go and no viable flowers... such is hybridising huh Evil or Very Mad Even the Tea flowers shrivelled and died Crying or Very sad

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Post by Billndee on 10th January 2010, 20:50

Oh dear........ Well, there is still time this summer for another go. Probably when you are back at work though and have no time for it.

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Post by orchid40 on 10th January 2010, 22:00

Aw that's a shame Simon.
We're expecting 40 here tomorrow.
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Post by Dave on 11th January 2010, 07:15

Hope everyone stays safe over this heatwave. My relatives in Mildura are ducking for cover.

The roses do recover from that sort of heat Simon, but they may shut down for a while. I was at Bishop's Lodge and David Rustons in December - after they had had days of 40+ a few weeks before - and the roses didn't even have any buds. Plenty of foliage but nothing else.

But it's strange that the M. Tilliers I have are not blooming. Only a bit of spotting in spring and now nothing, and we've only had a few really hot days.

Keep cool everyone!

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Post by orchid40 on 11th January 2010, 11:03

I've cut so many of my blooms to save them from being baked to a crisp. There are vases everywhere it's beginning to look like a funeral parlour.

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Post by The Lazy Rosarian on 11th January 2010, 13:55

I send a theory, is it not possible to flood the plant with water beforehand if it is predicted to be hot and save the shut down of the flower Hmmmm
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Post by wedge on 12th January 2010, 01:01

Sounds like an average day up here Simon !! Hehe. I had some lovely blooms and some terrific growth happening here when we ran into a bit of wet weather last week. We probably had about 3" all up but had quite a few days of very overcast skies. I had new shoots going everywhere and then...BAM, the sun came out with a vengence and cooked all the new shoots and flowers. The grasshoppers and grubs enjoyed the warm weather also !! Cursing
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Post by Admin on 12th January 2010, 03:32

roseman wrote:I send a theory, is it not possible to flood the plant with water beforehand if it is predicted to be hot and save the shut down of the flower Hmmmm

I'm watering everyday here at the moment... sprinklers going almost 24/7 to make sure seedlings planted in test beds don't dry out... so they were flooded... One thing you can say for it is that buds are pushed along quickly and you don't need to wait too long before the next flush Thumbsup

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Post by Ozeboy on 12th January 2010, 05:36

I have a lot of 8" black pots with Kikuyu covering them to shield from the heat. Unfortunatly it has grown so much now have difficulty finding them to daily water.
Yesterday I had to move the potted roses and mow. Just hope we don't get any over 40 until the grass covers the pots again

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Post by orchid40 on 12th January 2010, 07:30

I have lots of coloured crisps on the rose bushes again. All this heat certainly makes the buds open quickly though. Two weeks ago there wasn't a sign of a bud or flower on Teasing Georgia and now it's a mass of blooms.

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Post by rosemeadow on 15th January 2010, 00:31

So Orchid 40 and everyone, that it doesn't take 6 weeks for blooms to develop from scratch if you get plenty of rain and sun ?

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Post by orchid40 on 15th January 2010, 09:57

I think that the weather hurries it along, maybe 2 weeks is stretching it a bit but it was certainly not 6 weeks. They also has a liquid feed.

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Post by Guest on 16th January 2010, 08:56

There is a trick you can try to protect new shoots when a heatwave is forecast; spray them with the 1:10 powdered milk/ water mix that some people use against mildew. I'm too busy watering!

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Post by Admin on 16th January 2010, 11:52

Hmmmm... the more opaque nature of the mixture would be like zinc-cream for roses... hmmmm

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