Layering is an excellent method of propagating roses with long and flexible canes.
This is a simple and easy way to make more of your already established roses. Roses with long, flexible canes such as Ramblers, Climbers, Ground-cover roses and some Shrub roses can easily be propagated with this technique.
On the whole, it means to bury a flexible cane of an established rose bush in a prepared area and wait until this cane is rooting the following spring.
It is an easy to perform method, although few people know about it.
I had these beautiful crimson groundcover roses, and I neither knew their name nor where they came from. Anyway, I wanted exactly this variety to grow on that bald steep slope.
My neighbor told me that to cover one or two stems in the soil would be the easiest method to replicate this kind of rose.
The best time for this technique is midsummer during the growing season, however, roses can be layered any time of the year. Here is how it works:
It is important that the new plant is not allowed to flower during the first season.
Many other low growing plants like forsythias, rhododendron, honeysuckle or boxwood can be propagated with that simple method.
With this technique I successfully replicating the rose I wanted for the first time in my life.
By the way: the name of the groundcover rose I reproduced with this method was the “Fiery Sunsation” or “Chilterns” bred by Kordes in Germany.
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