WHAT’S GOING ON…

While we are all practicing “Shelter in Place” most of us are finding shelter and comfort in our gardens. Since we can’t be together, I asked rose society members to send pictures of what’s going on in their garden world this week. Of course most everyone is pruning roses, but there’s a lot more going on too!

Take a look . . .

Note: If you and your garden are not in this post, please send pictures as we plan to post more pictures next week.

JOHN AND DONNA HEFNER

Cleaning up rose beds and pruning roses. John said he can never remember spring pruning rose plants at this height.

Editor’s Note: These beds looks perfect!!

They are also trying out something new — a small green house they bought on sale last fall. The green house is a temporary home to approximately 45 pots. Donna says John is really enjoying having the green house.

Also enjoying their beautiful Star Magnolia.

LINDA KIMMEL

Linda recently joined the North Central Spring District meeting in WI where Lois Ann Helgeson, Bruce and Maggie Barr gave a hands-on arrangement workshop. Linda came home and is practicing! This arrangement is connecting two containers in an Oriental Freestyle. She encourages all of us to practice using supermarket flowers.

She is enjoying this little beauty. She purchased from Barbara Stauch’s garden club plant sale 30-years ago. Barbara recommended it. Plant is about 3-inches high, blooms early, spreads but not out of control, foliage dies after blooming, and you can’t even find a trace of it, but returns with bright yellow flowers the next year. Anyone know the name?

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She was also busy this week organizing our society rose delivery. Look at those beauties. THANK YOU Linda and Keith!

CAROLYN LLOYD

Carolyn has been busy with getting her new rose beds ready. First up was to remove the sod! She has her David Austin bareroot roses soaking before planting. And, look how good the mulch looks as the project comes to a close.

To top everything, she is growing indoor tomatoes with her Aerogarden! WIN!

At day’s end there is a nice bottle of wine for all her hard work. Well deserved!

SALLY PARSONS

In March Sally is busy working in her greenhouse (built by husband) and getting her raised beds ready for planting as well as trimming back her roses. Click on one picture to see the gallery!

What a lovely greenhouse!

TERESA BYINGTON

I’ve been busy planting veggie and flower seeds. I think of them as companions for my roses and so that counts, right? There are Calendulas, Zinnias, Nigellas, Hollyhocks, Sweet Peas and our favorite tomatoes – Steak Sandwich. (To name a few.😳)

Due to the cancelled district conference, I’ve also been potting up bareroot roses that were to be used as our district fundraiser. They are lined up on my driveway waiting for their time to shine! If you need roses, let me know HERE. . A bargain at $15 each – Pink Brick House (3)  / White Veranda / (4) / Bright & Shiny (1). See them here.

Thanks to Eloisa for finding enough pots for the roses. (They were supposed to be sold as bareroots at the conference!

Hope you have enjoyed taking a behind the scenes look at what going on in these rose friends spring world!

COMING SOON – MORE GARDEN STORIES

I hope to hear from you! Please send pictures and stories from your garden to TeresaByington@gmail.com.

2020 Event Schedule

Won’t you come in to the garden, I’d like my roses to see you. – Richard Brinsley Sheridan

The holiday’s are over and winter is winding down, so, it’s that time. Time to get back to gardening! We have so many great events planned: Practical opportunities for learn the basics during our “Round Table Q and A” time during each meeting. And a few road trips!

Our theme for this garden year is ROSES TAKE YOU PLACES. Whether it’s the gardens you visit or the stories of the roses themselves – where they come from and their family tree, roses do indeed take you places!

We have a road trip planned to the beautiful home and garden of Joe and Carrie Bergs in Wisconsin. For that trip we also have a tour of Steve Singer Roses in Kenosha. Steve will give us a tour of his hybridizing process and his rose fields as well as give tips on rose hybridization. There may be a few more surprises for this trip too. Stay tuned.

And, two very special district events that you can read about here … https://illinoisindianadistrict.org/

You just might meet a few “FAMOUS” rose people along the way!

Our meetings are open to the public, so grab a friend and join us.

Our schedule is below. We look forward to seeing you!

NOTE: Due to COVID-19 our schedule is changing and as well as details on rose sale pickups. We will keep you updated.

Members and those on our mailing list, you will be receiving eBlasts to keep you up to date so check your email!

Rose friends fine tuning rose propagation!

 

TUES, MARCH 10: Season Kickoff
6:30 pm / Sullivan Munce / Zionsville
​225 West Hawthorne Street

  • Garden Design: John Chapin
  • Details on the roses in our rose sale: Linda Kimmel
  • Round Table Q and A (EVERYONE: Bring your questions and your comments.)

SAT, MARCH 21: District Conference and CR School<]

Details: Click here.

TUES, APRIL 14: Fertilizer Basics
6:30 pm / Sullivan Munce / Zionsville
​225 West Hawthorne Street

  • Program by Humberto DeLuca
  • Fertilizer Sale
  • Rose Sale (Pick up roses starting at 5:45)
  • Pruning Demo (Sullivan Munce Roses
  • Round Table Q and A (EVERYONE: Bring your questions and your comments)
TUES, MAY 12: Friends in the Rose Garden
6:30 pm / Sullivan Munce / Zionsville
​225 West Hawthorne Street
  • Bees
  • Hummingbirds
  • Butterflies
  • Round Table Q and A (EVERYONE: Bring your questions and your comments)

SAT, JUNE 6: District Rose Show in Illinois
Special Guest Speaker Ping Lim – World Renouned Hybridizer of the Easy Elegance Roses and True Bloom Roses
Find all the details here…

JUNE: Budding Workshop TBD

JULY 18 – 19: Bergs Summer Picnic (Wisconsin)
Joe and Carrie Bergs will host the 5th Annual Greater Milawukee Rose Society Summer Picnic at their home beginning at 1 p.m. Enjoy catching up with old friends, meeting new ones, touring the gardens and playing lawn games.

We will also have a tour of Steve Singer Roses in Kenosha. Steve will give us a tour of his hybridizing process and his rose fields as well as give tips on rose hybridization. Contact Teresa Byington about Car Pooling and Hotels.
Additional trip details HERE.

SAT, AUGUST 15 / 6 pm: Garden Party 
Host: Trudy Struck
Pitch-in
More details to come!

SEPT 10 – 12: Master Gardener State Conference
Locations: Hamilton Co Fairgrounds
Details on classes and speakers coming soon.

TUES, SEPT 8:ROSE SHOW: Learn as You Grow Rose Show
6:30 pm / Sullivan Munce / Zionsville
​225 West Hawthorne Street
All guests and society members are encouraged to participate.
If you have questions, contact Linda Kimmel.

TUES, OCT 13: NEW ROSES COMING IN 2021! 
Fall Pitch-In: Bring something yummy to share. (And the recipe too if you can!)
Program: Teresa Byington

AWARDS BANQUET
DEC 5 / TBD

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MASTER GARDENER FAIRS

Opportunities to volunteer a few hours to represent Indianapolis Rose Society to the garden community.
Contact Linda Kimmel if you have questions.
Boone County Master Gardener Fair
Saturday, April 4 CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19
Hendrick Co Gardening for All Ages
Saturday, April 25   CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19
Johnson County Master Gardener Fair
Saturday, May 16

2020 Board Members

Eloisa Garza, President
Trudy Struck: 1st VP
Teresa Downham: 2nd VP
Marilyn Ferguson, Secretary
Humberto DeLuca: Treasurer
Linda Kimmel, Editor
Teresa Byington, Immediate Past President

2020 ROSE SALE

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NOTE: Due to COVID-19 our schedule is changing and as well as details on rose sale pickups. We will keep you updated.

Members and those on our mailing list, you will be receiving eBlasts to keep you up to date so check your email!

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A new year is here and we are already thinking about spring and what roses we will plant.

The Indianapolis Rose Society is gearing up for their annual rose sale. The order is placed and we think we have some of the best of the best coming.

As in the past, the roses will be available on a FIRST COME / FIRST SERVE basis and pre-orders are encouraged.

ORDERING

  • Pre-order is encouraged so you get the ones you want. Contact Linda Kimmel at lovroses@comcast.net to place your order.
  • Pre-order Payment will be due at the March meeting – Tuesday, March 10, 6:00 – 6:30 pm 
(at Sullivan Munce Cultural Center  / 225 W. Hawthorne Street / Zionsville. Our regular meeting location.) Our meeting will start at 6:30,

PICK UP!

Tuesday, April 7, 6 – 6:30 pm. (Our regular meeting night.) Meeting will start about 6:45 pm  All roses that have not been pre-ordered will be available first come / first serve.

The roses will need to be picked up at the April meeting. If you are not able to pick them up, please have someone come for you. With our limited space, we will NOT be able to hold the roses for you.

COST

Our prices are intentionally priced lower than usually found, as a service to our members and friends. In particular, David Austin roses sell for $40 and up.

The quality of our roses are at the very top!

IRS MEMBERS:

  • David Austin: $30
  • All Other Roses: $25

NON MEMBERS:

  • David Austin: $35
  • All Other Roses: $30

If you have questions, contact Linda Kimmel at lovroses@comcast.net.

 

HERE ARE THE ROSES!

We have ordered 5 of each variety

Above All (Climber – grows 10 – 14′ tall)

Burst of Joy (grandiflora with light tea fragrance)

Bright & Shiny (A new beauty from Knock Out hybridizer Bill Radler)

Crimson Bouquet (grandiflora with sweet fragrance) ONLY 1 LEFT

Francis Meilland (Fragrant and good for exhibitors)

Frida Kahlo (This rose is currently winning all kinds of awards.) ONLY 1 LEFT

Julie Andrews (masses of bloom and powerful perfume)

Love at First Sight (good form and light fragrance)

Life’s Little Pleasures – mini (That color! Moderate tea fragrance and good disease resistance.)

Moonlight in Paris (old fashion look and light fragrance)

Moonstone ( Beautiful form, great for exhibitors) ONLY 1 LEFT

Oso Easy Peasy (Beautiful landscape rose and great for beginners)

Pinkerbelle (Hybrid tea with spicy fragrance and great disease resistance) ONLY 1 LEFT

Pretty Polly (Lavender) (New shurb rose from our great garden friend Dr. David Zlesak!)

Pretty Polly (Pink) (New shurb rose from our great garden friend Dr. David Zlesak!)

Purple Pavement (Wonderful fragrance and beautiful fall hips!)

Ring of Fire (The picture does not do this one justice! Great for exhibitors)

Scentuous (English style cupped blooms with powerful fragrance) SOLD OUT!

Shirley’s Bouquet (Fragrant hybrid tea with good disease resistance)

The McCartney Rose (Offered as a birthday gift to Sir Paul from his record company. Sweet fragrance)
ONLY 1 LEFT

 

DAVID AUSTIN ROSES

Note: Theses go fast! Get ready to swoon!

Abraham Darby (Climbing) SOLD OUT

Bathsheba SOLD OUT

Darcey Bussell

Gentle Herminone

Gertrude Jekyll

Munstead Wood ONLY 1 LEFT

Princess Alexandra of Kent SOLD OUT!

Queen of Sweden

Strawberry Hill (Climbing)

The Poet’s Wife SOLD OUT

 

YOU…

If you are new to roses or new to our society. We invited you to join us for our regular meetings beginning March 10. Each year we typically have 6-7  meetings with programs at Sullivan Munce Cultural Center in Zionsville, and two meetings off site as garden tours, etc. We finish our year with a a holiday party and awards night.

Our society is filled with members who are new to roses and those who have been growing for 40+ years and they are some of the most talented in the nation. Some of our members have a couple of roses and some have 300 +. Come join us!

AWARDS AND NEW OFFICER INSTALLATION

What a fun night. Rose friends. Great food. Fun Surprises. Awards. New Officers. And a magician!

A highlight of our year is the annual awards night and new officer installation. This year we returned to lovely and historical Serenity Restaurant in Zionsville where the food and hospitality are outstanding. Our entertainment was Craig Stone, magician. We are all still trying to figure out how he does what he does.

Joe was a good sport and became a part of the program. We were all thrilled that in the end he didn’t disappear or something. Seriously this show was excellent!

AWARDS OF MERIT

After dinner it was time to honor those who serve our society so well. Out going President, Teresa Byington, gave out 5 Awards of Merit.

Eloisa Garza: Rose Sale
Linda Kimmel: Rose Sale
Mark Nolen: “Ask the Masters” Program
John Hefner: “Ask the Masters” Program
Janet Kuebler: Door Prizes

BRONZE MEDAL OF HONOR

Teresa Downham was the recipient of the Bronze Medal – the highest local society honor. Though she was shocked – no one else was. She has truly served above and beyond!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!

Our society is blessed with so many outstanding members!

NEW OFFICER INSTALLATION

John and Donna Hefer installed the incoming board with a clever (and delicious) candy bar theme. They never run out of creative ideas!

  • Eloisa Garza, President
  • Teresa Downham, 1st VP
  • Trudy Struck, 2nd VP
  • Marilyn Ferguson, Secretary
  • Linda Kimmel, Newsletter Editor
  • Humerbto DeLuca, Treasurer
  • Teresa Byington, Immediate Past President

The evening ended with Teresa Byington receiving a gift of appreciation – a beautiful orchid from the collection of Keith Oltean and Linda Kimmel. Look at this orchid and there are about 40 in their collection. Amazing!

HERE’S TO 2020

What an outstanding team we have leading us in 2020! They are excited and ready to go! Stay tuned for the list of 2020 programs. A full list of programs will be on the website as plans are finalized.

Our meetings are on the second Tuesday of each month March – November at Sullivan Munce Cultural Center — ​225 West Hawthorne Street, Zionsville, IN. Exceptions to the schedule will be noted on the program list. If you have questions, contact us here.

Our meetings are open to the public, so come and bring a friend.

A Fun Night…

Exhibiting Winning Roses: What Does It Take? by John Hefner

For rose exhibitors, the ultimate goal is to grow, prune, cut quality roses plus travel and exhibit at a national show.  Of course, your desire and plans are always determined by the show location and time of year that will allow you to present quality roses in your exhibit. The time your roses must endure traveling in a cooler plus overnight storage in your hotel room the night before the show must always be taken into your final equation.

On October 4, 2019 during our road travel to the national conference and rose show held in Franklin, Tennessee, the one-hour traffic delay on Interstate 65 which detoured us through the construction laden downtown at Louisville, Kentucky was not in our original plan and I wondered how this delay would eventually effect our roses.  Plus, for this rose show, a new and never tested method of providing water and packing roses would be used.  How far can a rose exhibitor push their comfort boundaries in order to exhibit roses on the national level?

GOALS!

Our first goal was to present an entry in the F. Harmon Saville Memorial Challenge Bowl –

  • An entry of eighteen (18) exhibition type miniature roses, six (6) or more varieties, displayed in a low bowl.
  • Container to be provided by the exhibitor and should not exceed four (4) inches in diameter.
  • Floral foam is permitted.
  • Width of entry allow: 18 inches.

The requirements in itself are indeed a “challenge” but isn’t that what challenge classes are supposed to be?  The combined effort to grow, prune, cut, condition and travel with exhibition roses requires knowledge, experience and sometime a little luck.

Varieties we used in our Seville entry were Arcanum, Ayden Renee, Daddy Frank, Memphis King, Renegade, Soroptimist International, and Swirly Pop. 

Since exhibiting roses is not an exact science, I suggest that you always have a Plan B.  Our second desire and goal was to have an entry in the Dee Bennett Memorial Trophy, an entry of twelve (12) miniature roses, at exhibition stage, without side buds.  One variety or any combination of varieties, displayed in a clear container provided by the exhibitor.  The exhibitor may use floral foam for support.

Varieties used in the Bennett were Bees Knees, Chessie’s Favorite, Daddy Frank, Erin Alonson, Hugs n’ Kisses, Renegade, Soroptimist International. We were proud that Hugs n’ Kisses a rose we introduced and named for our grandchildren was also included in our exhibit.

GATHERING SUPPLIES…

With our tape measure in hand, Donna and I made several shopping excursions to local stores on numerous days to find, select and purchase the required show containers that had the proper dimensions. This task soon had us wondering if we would indeed find the correct style to compliment our potential roses.  In the end, we did purchase five various containers in which we felt comfortable and ones that would not dominate over the roses.

As the days before the show date approached, the hope is always for your roses to repeat from the planned pruning schedule, however, weather cooperation and your experience allows you to cut blooms at the required degree of openness.

HERE WE GO…

And with my first pruning cut made 55 days before the October 5, 2019 rose show date, our challenge began.

The September 2019 weather conditions for mid-state Indiana was extreme heat with temperatures reaching 90 degrees plus each day.  This was not ideal fall growing weather for roses to develop tight centers plus lack of rain meant roses would require water. Mother Nature eventually cooperated, even though it was abnormally hot, the plants and developing stems responded for our required specimens.

Changes in strategy is required due to the opening characteristics of each bloom, color combinations required, similar size and degree of openness.

On arrival at the show site, the hope is always that the blooms have traveled well and are ready for competition.  Since staging is always a factor in challenge classes, many thoughts come to mind as how to stage an entry with multiple blooms, using bloom colors to highlight the entry.  We practiced during the month of August but did not always experience the desired overall arrangement we were trying to obtain.  We researched photos that had been published in various rose publications. 

GAME DAY…

On the morning of the rose show, we woke at 2:00 am and began our journey through the hotel’s quiet hallways and empty elevators with three extra-large coolers full of roses, buckets, grooming kit, bowls etc. only to arrive at the prep room and found no vases available – all had been reserved by other exhibitors. We had one hundred miniature and miniflora roses – no vases.  Would this be the day when we look for Plan C?  However, most of our potential roses would be placed in classes requiring multiple blooms or one container. With due diligence from the rose show chairman and 2 hours later, additional vases were transported to the prep area for eager exhibitors to use.

During the time we prepped our roses, the chosen specimens were segregated for consideration for the two desired national challenge classes. These roses which had traveled in plastic water vials with pointed anchor picks were strategically placed in flat Styrofoam.  This gave us an advantage to move the roses without disturbing the blooms.  With the educational instructional assistance from our successful exhibiting friend, Satish Prabhu, South Carolina, the Seville and Bennett entries were carefully staged and our “attention getting” colored blooms that Donna and I had chosen made the entries come to life.

Satish’s verbal instructions always included careful attention to detail which became a learning experience for these two seasoned exhibitors.  It was an outstanding one-on-one educational learning experience for us from a very talented rosarian and exhibitor.

After these two national entries were completed, we selected roses to be entered in the J. Benjamin Williams Miniflora Rose Trophy (10 Minifloras), American Box (9 Minifloras), Artist Palette (5 Miniatures), Miniature Spray & Single Bloom of the Same Variety, Rose Bowl, and single blooms classes.  We truly were blessed to have additional exhibits displayed on the awards table.

FARM KIDS…

As Indiana “farm kids” Donna and I are both 10 year 4-H members.  We both exhibited livestock and various other categories that were available in the 1950s-1960s era. We grew up competing against our neighbors and close friends.

We first began exhibiting roses on the national level in 1979 at the national convention hosted by the Milwaukee Rose Society where we were awarded King of Show. We were new, unexperienced but eager to learn. I knew the accomplished exhibitors and continuously discussed roses and ask questions, then more questions.  I have learned over the years that accomplished exhibitors are always eager to help others learn about all aspects to growing and showing roses.

There really are no “tricks to the trade,” it is work – diligently working your garden and getting to know your plants.  You need to learn everything about the roses you grow and enjoy, when to cut, how they react to shading or refrigeration, how they will travel, plus in Indiana, how to get your roses to survive the brutal winter temperatures and wind. Winter snow is welcomed as it will help insulate your plants.

WHAT IT TAKES…

Exhibiting is work! Success does not come easily!  It is hard work, detailed work, diligent work.

It is spending unlimited, long hours in the garden you LOVE.

It is setting goals and doing anything and everything to obtain that goal.

It is a continual learning experience in your own garden as no two gardens are alike.

It is hours of walking the rose garden, protecting blooms, cutting at the appropriate time, and carefully conditioning and grooming.

This work plus pre-exhibiting details resulted in us successfully entering two winning National Challenge Class trophies.

MAKING MEMORIES…

After the national rose show, our two winning national rose entries spent two additional days in our hotel room then were carefully transported in buckets back to our Indiana home and all blooms were dried to make a potpourri for us to forever hold their memories near and dear to our hearts. 

These are memories that will indeed last forever!

A STRONG FINISH

Rose Friends,

If you were at the August meeting you know we are finishing 2019 strong. So many members brought in “Show and Tell” from their gardens… things ranged from what’s going right, what needs some help and our ASK THE MASTERS Team of Mark Nolen and John Hefner gave  us so many “professional” tips on growing roses in our area, and how to battle the pests that want to come along for the beautiful ride!

Sally Parsons took us through her experiment of using beneficial nematodes to battle midge and thrips. We will be checking back in with her next year! Sally also brought a vase of the most fragrant David Austin roses ever! Harlow Carr emerged as everyone’s favorite. Hope we can get some of those for our rose sale next year.

Teri Russell brought the “cutting” that she started at Rosefest when Connie Hartwood did her demonstration. New Dawn was no longer a cutting … it was 12″ tall and a strong plant. We celebrated with Teri!

John Hefner interviewed a team of our newer society leaders or what they had learned and what they still wanted to know. Out of that conversation we gained some insight into programs we might consider in the future.

Thanks to all who participated. It was a wonderful night!

Below you will read of the great things that are coming up!

See you there.
Teresa Byington
President

THE FINISH STRONG THEME CONTINUES . . .

DAVID AUSTIN: THE MAN AND HIS ROSES
TUES, SEPT 10, 6:30 pm

Sullivan Munce Cultural Center / Zionsville

SPEAKER: Trudy Struck (who is part of the team that manages the care for the Master Gardener’s rose garden in Noblesville!
Trudy’s program will give you insight into David Austin the man as well as showcase his beautiful creations.

We will finish the Sept meeting with the popular…
ASK THE MASTERS:
John and Mark will share tips for putting the garden to bed for winter and answer your questions!

CHILI COOK-OFF / COSTUME PARTY

TUES, OCT 8, 6:30 pm
Sullivan Munce Cultural Center / Zionsville

Our host for this special evening will be Humberto DeLuca. It promises to be FUN!

Those in the Chili Competition are:

  • Keith Oltean
  • Greg Byington
  • John Hefner
  • Mark Nolen
  • Humberto DeLuca

Everyone will have the opportunity to taste test and vote!

We will need more than chili to eat! Click here for the online form to sign up for side dishes!

Costume Party: You can come dressed as a rose or something else if you prefer. Roses go back to the beginning of time – that a lot of names! THIS COULD BE INTERESTING!

We will vote on costumes too!

Winners will receive Dammann’s Garden Center Gift Certificates!

HOLIDAY PARTY!

SAT, DEC 7, 6 pm

Annual Awards & New Board Installation
Location: Magic Dinner at Serenity Restaurant
135 S Main St, Zionsville, IN 46077
(Two blocks from where we have our meetings!)

If you haven’t been to Serentiy it is a magical place or maybe I should say haunted. Yes, it is a beautiful house with a history and we will hear about it while we are there! Read more here.

Our entertainment will be a magic show.

COST: $22 per person
Price includes a three-course dinner, non alcoholic drink and show plus tax and gratuity.

You may also buy wine at $5 a “pour”.

This is a special evening for our society and a good time to get to know people better. Who knows you might just receive an award!

For the Christmas dinner, please RSVP to Teresa Byington here.

We are excited to see you at each of these events as we end our growing year strong!

Rose friendships and rose education is a winning combination.

Our meetings are open to the public.

So please invite other to join you!

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2020 Note:

Linda Kimmel and Teresa Byington are beginning to do research for the 2020 rose sale. While the annual Rose Sale is a money maker for our society, it is also a service to our members — giving them the opportunity to buy beautiful roses at a discount! To quote John Hefner, “the roses we get for the sale are outstanding!” This year we had a very successful partnership with Frazee Gardens in Brownsburg saving us money on delivery (they allowed us to have our roses delivered with their delivery)and their care and storage of our roses between delivery and sale was over the top. We can’t thank them enough and look forward to the same partnership this year!

Pre-sale will begin in February. Delivery to society meeting will be in April. We always sell out quickly, so be on the look out for the announcements early 2020!

 

Rose Cuttings by Connie Hilker

The Klassy Way to Root Roses (Presented by Connie Hilker, adapted from a method by Diana Klassy.)

Connie was our guest speaker for the 2019 ROSEFEST. She taught us and inspired us!

This is one of many ways to propagate roses and other plants from cuttings. It is simple to learn, and it uses materials that you may already have on hand.

Supplies:

  • Half-gallon milk jug
  • Clear 2-liter soda bottle
  • Food-quality potting media
  • Rooting hormone
  • Pruners
  • Sharp knife
  • Patience!

This method uses the bottom of the milk jug as a pot, and the top of the soda bottle to form a greenhouse.

Cut large drainage holes in the bottom of the milk jug.
Fill the milk jug with moist potting media. Water thoroughly and let drain.

The best rose cutting is a stem with a dead flower on it, with four to six sets of leaves. If possible, get the heel wood where the cutting emerges from the main cane. If you cannot get a heel, cut below a leaf bud. Remove all but the top two or three sets of leaves.

With the sharp knife, score the end of the cutting on two or three sides … cutting only through the outer layer.

Dip scored cutting into rooting hormone. (dampen cutting if using powdered hormone) Make a hole in the potting media, insert the cutting, water thoroughly.
Cover the cutting with the soda bottle top.

Place your container in a protected location … outside, place it the shade (under a bush is a good place); inside, in a window with bright indirect light. No direct sunshine at this point, or the container will overheat and your cutting will die. There should be no need to water your cutting … condensation inside the soda bottle is a good indication that the cutting has sufficient moisture.

Cuttings can produce roots in as soon as four weeks, or as many as eight, ten, or more weeks. Since roots are visible through the translucent milk jug, there is no need to pull cuttings to check their progress. Remove any leaves that fall … the cutting can still root without leaves. As long as the stem is green, the cutting is alive.

When the cutting is showing strong roots, and starts to sprout new leaves, begin to harden off your new rose by removing the screw top of the soda bottle. After a week or two, remove the soda bottle completely and begin to gradually move your rose to a sunnier environment.