Rose Pruning Time

“Rose Pruning Time”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana



The last week of January to the first week of February is the time I prune my roses. They have usually started blooming again, and new growth is starting. It breaks my heart to cut off flower buds at this time, but it is necessary for better flowering later.

It is also at this time that I will take some of those cuttings and try to root them. I have been fairly successful in rooting new roses, so I thought I would try again this year.

This year I am trying to root a red rose from my mother’s garden. When I went by her house last Thursday, I fulfilled my promise to prune her roses since she is no longer physically able to do so. I took several of the trimmings from her red single rose to root. I tried this last year, but unfortunately took only one red cutting and several pink ones which I didn’t really want. She has the red and pink planted together, and I must have confused them when cutting them back last year. This year, however, I had marked the red one so I would be sure and get the right one.

Because of work, I had to keep these cuttings in water until today. After re-cutting the ends and dipping them in rooting powder, I planted them in containers.



Now, I will just keep them damp (we have high humidity here, so no having to cover them with plastic) and in a shady area for a few weeks, and then I should have some new rose bushes for my garden. If too many for me to use roots, I’ll just share with my sisters.

I really do like this red rose, but, more importantly, it is from my mother’s garden. It will be something I will always have to remember her by.

Promising Signs

“Promising Signs”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana

Approximately three weeks ago, I undertook an experiment. As I was cutting back my roses, I decided to try and root some of the clippings. My mother, who can root just about anything, has rooted roses several times, but I have only been successful once, and that time it was strictly by accident.

I selected several clippings and trimmed them back to about four to five inches, removed most of the leaves, dipped the cuttings in rooting hormone, and planted them in a large container. I have kept them damp, and if a freeze was predicted, I brought the container indoors, but mostly, they have stayed outside in a shady area. It wasn’t long before I started seeing tiny signs of leaves. Today, these cuttings, while they have lost their mature leaves, have started growing a lot of new ones.



I haven’t lightly tugged on the cuttings to see how well they are rooting. I figure, it is too early, and it is better to leave well enough alone. But, I do think that all this new growth is a promising sign that I just may be on the way to having a few more roses bushes for the garden – all for free.

Cutting Back

“Cutting Back”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana

Years ago, when I first started gardening, I had a hard time cutting back leggy plants.  My mother would come to visit and say, “You need to cut back those _____.”  Fill in impatiens, coleus, etc.  I would answer that I didn’t feel confident enough to know how far to trim them back.  She would lean over and just snap things off and say something like “See, just like that.  It’s not like you’re doing something serious like brain surgery.  It’s just a leggy plant.”

I still hesitate sometimes to wack things back, but I find that it is not so hard anymore, and it really helps keep certain plants in shape or allows them to bloom more.  So, when Pam at Digging stated that she was trimming back her Mexican Bush Sage to make it more compact, I went to work on mine.  After I trimmed them back, I decided to try and root some.  So, I took six small cuttings, and, so far, they are surviving.  No wilting even in the hot temps we have been having lately.

I am thinking about taking some cuttings from other fall blooming plants also.  I definitely want to take cuttings of the wine sage since I only have one plant, and I want to ensure I always have plenty of that deep burgundy flowering sage.  I also want to take cuttings of the regular pineapple sage and the “Golden Delicious” pineapple sage to have more of those, too.

Sometimes, I try and propagate plants just to see if I can do it.  I have had a great deal of luck with dipping the cuttings in rooting hormone, and then making sure that the cuttings stay moist.  If I am successful with this propagation, I’ll have several free plants for my garden and some to give away.