A few days ago, I gently pulled one of my climber's long, wayward canes in the direction I wanted to train it in. I gritted my teeth when I felt the *snap!* and saw this gorgeous long cane broken off at ground level!
I know roses can be started from softwood cuttings, but I believe it's too early for this. She has 1/2" leaf buds all over her, too! At a loss for what else to do, I stuck the broken cane's end down in the soil next to the bush. I can't recall whether zeph is on her own rootstock, either. I think it is. *sigh* Any ideas?
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Oh, I'm sooooo sorry. I left my Zepherine behind with our last move, and she was just starting to get really full and nice. I've promised myself I'll find a place for another one at our new home.
You might try cutting the cane with a clean cut, use a little rooting hormone, and keep it moist.
I've heard debates on both sides of the hardwood vs. softwood cutting issue. I think softwood will root more reliably, but it's worth a shot, since the cane is already broken.
And as I understand it, even if your rose was grafted, it can stil be grown on its own rootstock, and is the preferred method for many rosarians.
I bet you'll get some good advice from some really expert rose growers here, but I wouldn't wait too long to pull that cane out of the ground and give it a fighting chance in more favorable conditions. Good luck!
I was glad to see this post. I was just going to ask if anyone had grown Zephrine Droubin. I saw the description in my catalogue and I liked the fact that it mildew resistant and has no thorns. I'd like to try this climber and wanted your advice. Do those of you who grow this recommend it? The fact that it has no thorns appeals to me as I'd have to tie it to the trellis and I hate getting picked to death.
Sorry about your break. I hope the cane takes root for you.
I've really enjoyed Zeph. She is truly thornless. I was marvelling at how I could grasp that huge cane in my bare hand...And, well, you know what happened! She seems to put forth a big flush of blooms in the spring/early summer, and then just blooms sporadically after that. Does anyone enjoy a constantly blooming Zeph? If so, what's your secret?
I have used J&P's Once fertilizer on my roses and other flowers; I really like the time-released types since I can just faggetaboutit. ;o) I've also used their Green & Grow. I used to work for them and got a good deal on a case of canisters. Now I'm on my own!
That happened to me over my climber Golden Showers and all i did was put it in the ground and wait, my cutting has taken well and leaving out now ready for the summer. So plant it keep it watered and wait.
Sheila - That's GREAT to hear!! I think I'll do that, plus cut a bit off the end of the cane and do the whole rooting hormone, pearlite/peat moss, plastic tent thing, too. Hedge my bet, so to speak! :o)
So sorry your rooting didn't work! If it happens again, or you want to try another one, Louisa gave me some great advice about rooting hardwood. I am going to try with her method this fall. She seems to be a real expert, has done it often in England and in US. I am sure she would be more than willing to post advice again for all of us! I had never had any success with hardwood rootings, several with softwood, so I am going to try again this fall with her suggestions!
About your Zephrine: I had heard that it blackspots terribly. Does it for you? That is why I hadn't tried it before, but if it is really disease resistant, I just might succumb. I really love this one.
Kathy thanks for the compliment but I think you have far more experience than I have. It's through my blunderings that I managed to gain any knowledge!! I think I told you that I haven't had much success with softwood cuttings, which are taken very early in the year. Since I've only tried this method a couple of times and then was always busy with something else, I really ought to try again next Spring! Then of course there is the layering method which is great for long canes and even shrub roses! This method plus the canes in the ground method are far less fussy and makes life easier, especially for me!! :-) Kimberley glad to hear your rose is doing so well!! I grew ZD in England and it wasn't very healthy for me - too much blackspot!! I'm sure it depends where she is sited and the watering regime of course. She will always be a favourite however!!
Oh, Mingsmimi - it's doing great a year later! I fed it well last year and just let it settle in and do its thing, and this year it's showing some real spunk. :) Heeeeere's Zeph this spring: http://davesgarden.com/showthread/257814.html !! I let some of her canes just drape, and there's lots of lateral growth with blooms now. I just love her. :)
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Just wanted you to know that now, a bit over two years later, Zeph is doing GREAT! I've never pruned her since, except in the spring to remove dieback from the winter. Look at the show she's gave us this May!
I see that this is an old thread, but hope someone will notice my question. I have a zephirine drouhin. I think I can spell it correctly but don't know how to pronounce it!
It only gives a few blooms in spring and then nothing for the rest of the season. I've had other zephs in other homes and same thing happened so I don't think it is where it is sited. I want to keep trying because the fragrance reminds me so of my granduncle's zeph from my childhood. Does anyone have experience with one that reblooms , other than just a few blossoms? Am I expecting too much of this beauty? Thanks for any help you can give.
There are several thread that discuss Zeph and her bloom cycle. This one is probably the best. Pleae read down about blooming. I think that all your questions are answered. And, by the way, I find that Zeph, once established, blooms all the way through the season.