From the vase to the garden
If on March 8 you were presented with roses, if they were presented by a person dear to you, and if, finally, you liked these roses, do not rush to throw out the bouquet. Look at it carefully: maybe it makes sense to transplant these roses into your garden? This is not at all difficult to do!
About ten years ago I grew my very first roses. In the summer of my birthday I was presented with a bouquet of Dutch roses of burgundy color. It was a pity to part with them. I had a book by L. A. Kitaeva "Florist calendar"(1990), whence I learned how to cut roses properly. I decided to try to plant them in the open ground at my site. And I did it all, all the cuttings rooted!
Now I had to think about how to leave them to winter. In the books that I read, it is advised to cut them into boxes, and for the winter to put them in a greenhouse or in a cellar, but I do not have either one or the other. So I had to warm the cuttings right at the landing site. I covered each can. covered with dry red peat (you can use needles, oak leaves) so that 10-15 centimeters of cans are closed. Then she made a tunnel from roofing material from above, and put a spruce on it to hold up the snow. Fortunately, the winter was snowy and without severe frosts. So, 70 percent of my cuttings successfully wintered.
In spring, as soon as the snow fell, I took off part of the shelter - spruce branches, ruberoid and some peat so that my cuttings could breathe and see the light. If this is not done on time, they can rot. I removed the remaining peat only when the threat of severe frost passed, and I removed the cans only after the roses began to grow rapidly.
I liked the result of my first experience so much that I decided to cut the roses at any time of the year at home. And this is what experience has taught me. In autumn and winter, nothing happens: in the fall, daylight hours decrease, in winter - the day is very short, and home-made additional lighting does not help. So this is a waste of work. But the roses that were presented to you on March 8 will certainly delight you on the site, if only they are properly re-marked. It is only necessary to take into account several conditions.
Firstly, roses should not be frostbitten, lethargic. Roses with thick stems are not suitable - thicker than 0.6 mm. Cuttings should be cut with a sharp razor and placed on a light windowsill. If the windowsill is dark or if there are many cloudy days in the spring, then you need to use additional lighting - a fluorescent lamp, and preferably fluorescent. The main secret is that the cuttings receive as much light and enough moisture as possible.
© Juan Barrios
... Now in my garden more than 60 rose bushes. Most tea hybrid, many of which once came to me in bouquets.
- Tatyana Spiridonova