Rose Breeding

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Rose Propagation

  • Lindley:Layering Roses (1820)
  • Loudon: Propagating Roses (1824)
  • Van Mons: Grafting and Budding Roses (1827)
  • Elles: On the Culture of the Rosa odorata, (1830)
    The following mode of propagation is easy and expeditious: Put a plant or two into the hot-house in January or February, and there will soon be some young shoots: as soon as they have three or four leaves, take them off, no matter how tender or succulent, but never remove or shorten a leaf. Having prepared your cuttings, put them into sand, with a glass over them, in the same heat as the plants, and in three weeks they will be ready to be potted off. Thus continue taking fresh cuttings, or topping the cuttings already struck, till there are as many as you want. I propagated upwards of 100 plants in one season, from a small plant which only afforded three cuttings at the commencement.
  • Vibert: Propagating Roses (1831)
  • Mantell: Propagating Rose (1832)
  • Gardener's Magazine 9: 524 (1833)
    Mr. Brown is celebrated for having raised two roses of the Bengal kind, viz., Brown's celestial and Brown's superb. They are both roses which grow with great vigour, and they are peculiarly susceptible of training as pyramids. There is here a large stock of that scarce rose, the yellow Noisette, obtained by grafting portions of shoots, containing only a single bud, on stocks of Brown's superb. This is an invention of one of the Messrs. Brown. The scion is not above an inch in length, and it is put on the stock, in the whip-grafting manner, close by the surface of the ground. The stock is of the wood of the former year, and the scion of the current year. Excellent and saleable plants are thus produced the very first season.
  • Gardener's Magazine 9: 698 (1833)
    Chinese Roses may be propagated from single Buds, as Grape Vines are propagated. The single bud, with a quarter of an inch of the stem both above and below it, is placed just under the soil, under a bell glass; the leafstalks and leaves standing upright as in a cutting. A single bud of Rosa semperflorens sanguinea was planted on July 26., and on Sept. 8. the bud had grown nearly four inches, and a blossom bud was formed. On Oct. 9. it was six inches high, and side shoots were being produced. Charles M. Willich. London, Oct. 23. 1833.
  • Clericus: Rooting Roses (1838)
  • Maund: Layering Roses (1849?)

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