Wednesday, April 4, 2012

It's Lovely When Things Work "Just Right"!

March 27, I posted about Schmidt's Smooth Yellow, the thornless, yellow polyantha Jackie Schmidt rescued from a 1930's cottage to be torn down in her town. I removed the cuttings from their two week wrap and planted them that date. 

 This is what greeted me when checking things this morning.

 This is a 16 oz. root ball from a foam cup.
 The buds are beginning to swell!
It's lovely when things work "just right"! The cuttings arrived March 13. They were potted March 27. Eight days later, a root!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

More Finger Crossing - R. Primula

I was recently fortunate to have a lovely lady share cuttings of her R. Primula with me (thank you, Olga!). I'd never been able to detect any real fragrance from the foliage of "The Incense Rose", and she said hers did smell. When I opened the box, I smelled it! She was very generous with cuttings and they arrived in beautiful shape. A little too far out of dormancy for what I have had the best success with, but still beautiful. I cut off the growth which had already begun to form, processed the cuttings and put them in their wrap. I began crossing my fingers...

 My curiosity got the better of me today, two days short of the two week period. I unwrapped the cuttings to find they had callused very little, and several had begun deteriorating.

There did appear to be a bit of callusing going on a few of them.

 All have been potted, and my fingers remain crossed.