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Raman
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December 7, 2010 - 7:43 pm
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Hi folks,

Nice to see this site. Actually i was searching for details about the rooting powder known as "KERADIX" (which I bought from nearby store for rooting rose stem) in google. I jumped onto geekgardener.in and then on to this blog. We can share lots of info.

 

I am growing roses for more than 5 years on my front yard. I have around 40 plants which includes Hybrid Teas, Floribundas and Miniatures. I used to have at least 50 flowers at any point of time. Since our neighbouring site taken up for constructing a 5 storey apt, all my plants suffered heavily due to lack of sunlight (blocked up by Apt on eastern side).

Thanks to our corrupt Municipal corporation and Politicians.

 

So I decided to shift my plants to terrace. But some of my plants suffered shock and died. Now with the help of my old friend(who was retd Principal of St.German School) who taught me how to graft rose plants and other fruit plants. I started grafting roses but with failure initially. I tried again next year with resounding success.  I found tree roses on sale in lalbagh flower show 3 yrs ago with price tag of Rs.500/- upwards. From then on I got hooked onto Standard Roses.

 

Grafting Long Stem roses is same as the regular one but the failure rate is high in long stem. But I tried. The reasons for going for long stem standard roses are

 

1) It gets high elevation with enough of sunlight and air. It stays away from soil borne diseases and bugs to some extent.

 

2) It looks nice with flowers above the parapet wall which are generally around 3 ft. The elevation of our terrace improves with flowers in full bloom.

 

3) The branches with flower stay at eye level and gives easy access for maintenance.

 

 I prefer standard Roses with minimum of 4ft /5ft.

 

I grafted 7 long stem standard roses with 4 Hybrid Teas and 3 Floribudas. All came out successful. Now they are already a year old and gaining in girth by time. I will post the pictures very soon. I am planning to graft the giant weeping tree roses with miniatures which will be at least 7 feet in length. Recently I grafted 3 miniatures on 4 ft root stock and coming out very nicely. Generally you don't get any of these in nursery.

 

I am using only organic fertilzer and it makes lot of difference in flower yield. Hope to share other useful info on forum.

My question to experts are ,

I have atleast 10 rose stem cuttings in water for more than 10days. I want to root it with Keradix. Should I mix the powder in water or smear the powder on rose stems and put it in soil. The reason I am doing this , i have run out of root stocks and want to save the rose stem cuttings(To harvest scion later on).  Your help will be highly appreciated.

 

Thanks,

Raman

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geekgardener
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Hi Raman,

Welcome to this site and forum. Good to hear about your expertise in roses.  Standard roses are pleasure to look at and indeed gives a treeish appearance.

Do you do grafting as in budding?

If possible write a post on grafting and budding and I will be more than happy to share it in this blog.

How do you find Keradix w.r.t rooting. I find quicroot much better and kerafix is actually just humic acid. Do let me know your experience as well.

 

Good to have many rose enthusiasts in this forum.

GG

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Raman
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Hi GG,

I am growing wild root stock on backyard and harvest whenever i require. To get good success is to have a min of pencil thk dia of root stock. I do a T-Budding with more than 80% success. I will give all the links for grafting ( various methods ). I found T-budding more comfortable.  This will be the first time i will be using rooting powder on scion stock since i ran out of root stock. I don't know how to use it. In Bangalore we are fortunate that putting root stock stems in water will root in 4 to 6 weeks time and then T-Bud it. That's how I do it.

Can u please let me know how to attach pictures since Insert/Edit image asks for dimensions etc., vertical and horizontal space.

 

Thanks

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Hi Raman,

 

Great to hear about your success with Roses.  Grafting is something that I haven't tried as yet. Maybe you could show us how.  Also, what organic fertilizer do you prefer?

 

Thanks

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It is very simple. I will send you tube link as well as
illustrated link. Unless you try it physically you can't get it right. That's
what happened to me few years ago. Let me explain in detail.

 

We all know rose plants available in
nurseries are grafted. Grafting means combing the characteristics of two
different plants of same species getting benefit out of the combination. 

 

Grafted plants are two in One. (Root Stock, Scion Stock).

Root stock does not give flowers but have
very good rooting properties.

Scion stock does not produce good roots but
gives nice flowers.

 

Take a root stock (Preferably pencil thickness) put it in a bucket
of water. It will root in 5/6 week time (In Bangalore). After rooting take any
active node  (2 cm below the node). Make a T-Cut. After cutting you can
see the greenish cambium layer. 

 

Meanwhile prepare the scion stock. Choose the bud eye in such a
way that eye has not opened fully or nor dormant. There will be lots of links on
google you can get an idea of how to pick the right bud eye. After removing bud
eye make sure that no wood is sticking with bud eye (In T-Budding procedure).
It is nothing but a tiny piece of scion wood sticking with outer layer of scion
cane.

 

The above two procedures should be done very quickly. Otherwise
bud eye as well as root stock will dry up. If you practice it will be damn
easy.  

 

Put the bud eye into the T-cut area of root stock. Either tape
with budding tape or wrap the thread around budded area. Keep it in shade. Make
sure no moisture gets in contact with budded area. In 4 to 5 week time you will
see the swelling of budded eye on root stock. This will be your new plant. Put the
root stock in container or pot with proper soil mix.

 

Enjoy New Plant.

 

There are many methods of grafting but I have done only T-Budding
because it is easy.

I think it will be confusing in the beginning but it is very simple when you practice.

 

I will send all the links very shortly.

 

Regarding Organic fertilizer I have already posted today.

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February 19, 2011 - 7:49 pm
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Hi Raman, GG,

 

I have a Rose plant in a pot on my balcony and I think it is time to re-pot the plant. I wanted some inputs on how to go about repotting, especially, in terms of pruning, potting mix, fertilizers etc. (I am trying to use only organic ones - so names of any brands etc. will be very useful).

Here's a pic:

Rose-droopingleaves
 

After the initial buds that the plant had when I purchased it, the plant has not flowered much - I think because of lack of fertilizers. Do you have any suggestions?

Also, the leaves of the plant are mostly green but quite droopy. Is it normal? I also spot a couple of white mealy bugs and some other very tiny black bugs on it. I have already tried water spraying with not much success, went over all leaves with a sponge and soapy water which helped a lot, but bugs seems to be coming back. Going to try rubbing alcohol (surgical spirit) now. Do you have any other suggestions for it?

 

Thanks,

Sam

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Hi Sam,

I looked at the rose plant. I think it is because of nutrition deficiency. You can either use Oil cake based fertilizer which Raman has suggested in his excellent write up on roses.

You can also give it a shot of NPK that is high in P and K. Excess nitrogen will result in lots of leafy growth but no flowers. I have bigger plants that that one in smaller pots and they do just fine. If you give good amount of fertilizer then repotting is not necessary at this point. You can water it with 5-15-30 some an NPK fert something like that.

Let me know if you happen to come by south bangalore.. I can give you Bone meal and if you are interested 5-15-30.

Rubbing alcohol should be good for mealy bugs.

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Thanks GG,

Can you point me to that post by Raman? I have been searching for it for some time but cannot locate it?

Will let you know when I coming that side.

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May 3, 2013 - 12:10 pm
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Hi GG:

A very interesting topic on rose plant grafting with lots of information by Shri Raman and your discussions on the subject.  If time permits I would also like to try my hand on the grafting/rooting of Roses in my terrace Garden.  Thanks to all.

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May 28, 2013 - 11:50 am

I have placed all Rose plants on terrace and all plants are getting direct sun light but still some leaves of plants get dead and destroyed can anyone suggest me what i have to do now?

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Raman said:

Hi folks,

Nice to see this site. Actually i was searching for details about the rooting powder known as "KERADIX" (which I bought from nearby store for rooting rose stem) in google. I jumped onto geekgardener.in and then on to this blog. We can share lots of info.

 

I am growing roses for more than 5 years on my front yard. I have around 40 plants which includes Hybrid Teas, Floribundas and Miniatures. I used to have at least 50 flowers at any point of time. Since our neighbouring site taken up for constructing a 5 storey apt, all my plants suffered heavily due to lack of sunlight (blocked up by Apt on eastern side).

Thanks to our corrupt Municipal corporation and Politicians.

 

So I decided to shift my plants to terrace. But some of my plants suffered shock and died. Now with the help of my old friend(who was retd Principal of St.German School) who taught me how to graft rose plants and other fruit plants. I started grafting roses but with failure initially. I tried again next year with resounding success.  I found tree roses on sale in lalbagh flower show 3 yrs ago with price tag of Rs.500/- upwards. From then on I got hooked onto Standard Roses.

 

Grafting Long Stem roses is same as the regular one but the failure rate is high in long stem. But I tried. The reasons for going for long stem standard roses are

 

1) It gets high elevation with enough of sunlight and air. It stays away from soil borne diseases and bugs to some extent.

 

2) It looks nice with flowers above the parapet wall which are generally around 3 ft. The elevation of our terrace improves with flowers in full bloom.

 

3) The branches with flower stay at eye level and gives easy access for maintenance.

 

 I prefer standard Roses with minimum of 4ft /5ft.

 

I grafted 7 long stem standard roses with 4 Hybrid Teas and 3 Floribudas. All came out successful. Now they are already a year old and gaining in girth by time. I will post the pictures very soon. I am planning to graft the giant weeping tree roses with miniatures which will be at least 7 feet in length. Recently I grafted 3 miniatures on 4 ft root stock and coming out very nicely. Generally you don't get any of these in nursery.

 

I am using only organic fertilzer and it makes lot of difference in flower yield. Hope to share other useful info on forum.

My question to experts are ,

I have atleast 10 rose stem cuttings in water for more than 10days. I want to root it with Keradix. Should I mix the powder in water or smear the powder on rose stems and put it in soil. The reason I am doing this , i have run out of root stocks and want to save the rose stem cuttings(To harvest scion later on).  Your help will be highly appreciated.

 

Thanks,

Raman

I have been regularly watching your various articles particularly on Rose Plants.  I have the following experience and would request your valuable advise:

I have about eight pots of Hibuscus Plants and an equal no. of Rose Plants about five years ago. .  The pots are big, and the soil mix have not been changed for nearly five years.  However, I have been regularly adding nutrients like vermicompsost, Nitroplex, Rose Mix etc. The plants have been giving large number of flowers daily.  But of late, I am getting only one or two flowers from the plant once in a while and the flowers are not blooming one..  Some of the plants do not give any flower.  Kindly suggest a remedy, so that I can improve the yield.  Regularly I spray Neem Spray for infection.  Should I prune the plant.

Any specific nutrient to be added to soil.  

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July 9, 2013 - 5:41 pm

It is a very interesting topic on rose plant grafting with lots of information by your post. I also love rose and its grafting. It give me more idea about how to rope a rose and all other thing which we want to accept in between the process of rose grafting...

Thanks to all.

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