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Next step for rose cuttings

Posted: 09/06/2015 at 09:22

I think you're confusing me with Busy Lizzie Dove.  My climbers and ramblers are all in the ground.   I do have roses in pots but not climbers.  Mine are either new ones I'm nurturing or else old ones I've had to rescue from the hurly burly of life in my very exposed borders.   All doing very well for now.

I agree with others that these roses need to be potted on so they can grow roots strong enough to support the top growth and make more.   Professional rose growers put theirs in tall, square pots about 30cm high and 12 to 5cm wide to grow on for sale so try something that size to start with.    Some roses just have a climbing gene.  I, on teh other hand, have a climber which is determined to be a shrub rose.  

I think the best thing would be to give it a framework of trellis or an obelisk and try to bend the stem gently down to make it lie as horizontally as possible and then tie in all the new growth to keep the main stem attached and wound round or across the chosen support.   I gave this advice to a friend of mine who has planted a rambler with an obelisk this spring and it is now sending up all sorts of short vertical shoots with flower buds on them while the leader gets longer and is tied in continually so the technique does work.

If such a support is not possible, cut the lead stem back to just above a pair of leaves lower down and see if that makes it produce side shoots.  I would cut it above the 4th or 5th pair of leaves and at an angle so rain water can drip off and not sit and rot the end.

Does this Rose need a prune?

Posted: 09/06/2015 at 08:06

And probably a good feed of slow release rose food plus a liquid tonic of tomato food at the roots.   Tie in any new shoots to the framework to keep them to shape and also safe in strong winds.  Remove any that are pointing the wrong way and won't tie in.

are these weeds?

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 16:06

Can't see number 1 when I enlarge the photo so can't help but if it is a buttercup get rid as they spread by creeping roots as well as seed..  

No 2 looks like a form of hardy geranium.

No 3 is an annual poppy.

No 4 may be self sown black or redcurrant.   If so it could do with being moved to a better spot so it can grow well and produce fruit.  Otherwise, pull it out as they self seed freely.

Talkback: Cleavers

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 15:05

Cleavers give me a nasty rash.   I pull them and then leave them to dry on the lawn for a few hours and then they can go on the compost heap.  For serious nasties like bindweed and couch grass and creeping buttercup I leave the plants and roots to dry out for a day or so so they're dead before they go on the compost.  Horsetail goes into the dustbin, again after drying out first.

problem hedge

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 15:01

Reduce the height to a more acceptable 2 metres and you will find it takes half the time to cut.

We do ours just once a year.

Treating roses next to a fish pond

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 14:58

I never spray any of my roses or other plants come to that.  Just make sure they are fed every spring and that any dead or diseased wood is removed at the same time.  Clear up any fallen leaves in autumn and bin them so black spot can't hibernate and throw up spores into the new foliage in spring.

Last night's Gardeners World

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 20:32

Well!   I did a bit of a google about Monty's hive design and found this -

Seems you have to be a bit more pro-active than just providing a hive and hoping the bees do well cos without care they're likely to die.   Food for thought and loads more research.



Are you eating your home grown fruit and veg yet?

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 17:55

Been eating rhubarb for a few weeks now, starting with the forced stuff.   Strawberries are just starting and are delicious.   Had our first home grown lettuce today and in the next day or so the first of the kohlrabi will be ready to eat.

Broad beans are still in the flower stage and the beets and cabbages and chard are nowhere near ready but the fennel is starting to fatten nicely.

Loads of fruits forming on the blueberries and red and blackcurrants and gooseberries and my newish blackberry and the logan and tayberries are covered in blossom so promise well.    Hoping for a good crop of damsons and some fat juicy autumn raspberries in due course.

Pumpkins are looking very sad though.  Cold nights not good for them.


Posted: 07/06/2015 at 17:50

The chap who looks after our roof likes to come here in spring so he can go home with loads of fresh young nettle shoots for his spring clean.  Good for the liver apparently.

Last night's Gardeners World

Posted: 07/06/2015 at 17:48

I looked into keeping bees a few years ago but was put of by the sheer cost of buying a  hive and all the protective gear which came in at shed loads of euros so I gave up because we don't use that much honey anyway.

However, the idea of keeping them purely to provide a home for them to live and pollinate things really does appeal so I shall look again - but not for this garden now.   Planning a move when OH retires so it can wait till then.

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