Propagating roses? ...... a few notes from 'heaven'?

flowernay(z7b E.TEXAS)March 9, 2007

I've had Spring fever so bad, I can't express how happy I was to find this "treasure" today. I was cleaning and found a tiny notepad tucked away in the pocket of a travel bag. I opened the cover and read the words... "Frank's notes".

These scribbled notes of mine were his answers to a few questions I asked 5 or 6 years ago. He answered "from the hip"/"pop quiz style". ~ For those who didn't know him, he was one of my dearest friends (and rose mentor) for years... He was also head propagator at Chamblee's for almost 20 years. He lost his battle with cancer on December 28, 2004.

I know there are hundreds of ways to root things. I thought our rose buddies would like to read his opinion on one or two things:

When propagating:

Take cuttings shortly after the blooms are "spent" - before large hips develop.

When rooting Climbers, laterals root best.

Hybrid Perpetuals and Hybrid Teas root best in Fall ~ others (Chinas, Polys) root best after the first Spring bloom cycle.

Use straight H20 mist to wet down cuttings- if you have blackspot, add 1 capful of fungicide per gallon (ie;funginex) and mist.

When potting up cuttings, dip in H20 w/ vitazyme 1T per C H20

In 4-6 weeks, check to see if they have good root before transplanting into soil.

The closer together leaf nodes are on the canes, the faster the roses root. (mini's, chinas root fast)

Mini's root in 2-4 weeks. Recommends Fall rooting to establish good root system for Spring planting (need to get established before heat of summer sets in)

Roses that have "hollow" canes with a core in the middle/soft center... don't root well/lend themselves to own rooting.... they do better grafted

Species roses (ie;Lady Banksia/Swamp Rose) try tender cuttings on species only immediately after blooming. Use a liquid rooting hormone for Species roses. (use powder on others).

~ that's all I have, now I'm ready to go out and rustle some roses!

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What a treat to find, Nay...must have been bittersweet...I didn't know Frank well, but I sure do remember him fondly...he let me give him a tour of my yard..and when I had trouble pronouncing the name of a rose, he told me, that he tried not to have roses, with names that he could not pronounce...made sense to me, it ia a wonderful rule!

    Bookmark   March 9, 2007 at 11:25PM
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michelle_co(z5 CO)

That is a treasure. Thanks for sharing it with us. :-)


    Bookmark   March 9, 2007 at 11:31PM
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morz8(Washington Coast Z8b)

Thank you for sharing that - I've copied and pasted your notes.

I hope coming across the note pad triggered lovely memories and made you smile.

    Bookmark   March 9, 2007 at 11:38PM
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oldblush(8a, MS)

I know it sounds redundant Nay but that is such a treasure. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2007 at 6:50AM
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John Sheldon wrote a really good tutorial on propagating roses, he went by the name Stamen on RC. I haven't been to RC in years after Veld banned me so I don't know if it's still available.

    Bookmark   March 10, 2007 at 7:27AM
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carla17(Z7 NC)

Nay, how good to hear from you :-)
Thank you for sharing these thoughts.


    Bookmark   March 10, 2007 at 10:08AM
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What a thrill it must have been to find this treasured note-----
I've been going through some old family letters and I love to read notes to me from my grandmother when I was a little girl.

I will save it.


    Bookmark   March 10, 2007 at 10:50AM
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