What to do?

redwolfdoc_z5(5)April 17, 2014

Hello!

My first rose was Julia Child. I planted her before I had any real idea of what I was doing. She's performed well for me and survived three Canadian winters and counting. But -- this year, having learned a lot more, I realize that I have planted her with the graft an inch or two above the soil line. I tried digging her out to replant, but her roots are quite well established, and I was unable to do it without either damaging large roots and/or destroying nearby plants. I let it be. She took quite a hit this winter but seems to have made it - there's still green above the graft.

So what now? Do I try to loosen things enough to sink her down and bury the graft, do I give her a permanent mound, or do I just leave her as is?

Thanks!
Karen

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henryinct

Years ago I did the same thing. Pile on some good soil so that the graft is buried one inch such that the mound has a bowl in the middle. Then put on 1-2 inches of mulch.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2014 at 9:41PM
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henry_kuska

If you can bend one of the canes so that that part of the cane can buried for several inches, it wiil form roots at that point. See:

http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/hil/hil-8701.html

Here is a link that might be useful: link for layering article

    Bookmark   April 17, 2014 at 9:52PM
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