I hope by now you know how much I love free plants.
As I was cleaning up the garden, I came across these unruly rose canes from my Zephirine Drouhin.
And, around my house, if you get unruly you get assigned something to do.
So, the assignment for these guys is to make more rose bushes.
The technique of layering is one of the easiest ways to propagate plants. Roses in particular are easy to propagate this way. I’ve also used this technique for hydrangea and spicebush (Lindera benzoin).
First, loosen the soil where the stem will be buried.
Make a “wound” on the stem by scraping through the outer layer. I use my fingernail but you can use a knife if you just had your nails done.
Bury the stem and cover in the loosened soil.
If you have a really good memory, then you are done.
For me, I have to mark these places so I don’t cut, pull or disturb these spots. Also, if you have dogs, cats, or armadillos that might pull your stems out of the ground, it’s good to place something heavy on top like a rock or brick.
In the spring, I will check to see if they made roots and if they did I will cut, dig, and transplant (or give away) to another part of the garden. Money saved.
I should tell you that fall is not the
best time to do this. Mid-spring would probably be the best time and yield better results.
Never fear. Garden Woman is here. And I’m telling you this has been done successfully– in the fall–in my zone 7 garden.
I think I just figured out what I’m going to be for Halloween. Should Garden Woman be a super hero? A Wonder Woman type with a Wheelbarrow? The wheelbarrow could double as my candy pail? I think I’m on to something….
Anyway, try layering some of your shrubs this fall. It won’t hurt to try and you can enjoy the beautiful fall weather we are having.