rose bush

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by burninbill, Nov 20, 2002.

  1. burninbill

    burninbill LawnSite Member
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    Has anyone heard of a"Blue Moon Rose" the flower is actually a lavendar color but it is so light that almost looks blue. I have customer that has been looking for this bush for over a year and has had no luck. She actually had one but sold the house and all the landscaping stayed. If not is there a chance she could clone the bush and if so how would she go about this?


    Jon Walker
    Cutting Edge Lawn and Landscape
  2. Stonehenge

    Stonehenge LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Midwest
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  3. lawnstudent

    lawnstudent LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yes, a rose bush can be cloned through vegatative reproduction, but it may not result in a hardy plant. Alot of roses are grafted to hardy rootstock. Cloning the decorative upper portion of the rose plant will result in a clone of this portion of the rose plant but not a clone of the rootstock if this rose is grafted to a different rootstock.

    How do you clone that rose plant? You can collect Hardwood cuttings from the rose plant when the plant is dormant in late winter. Keep the cuttings wrapped up and cold (not freezing) until ready to plant. Hardwood cuttings are leafless shoots from the previous year's growth. Treat the cut portion of the cuttings with an Auxin growth hormone like IAA, IBA or NAA (these are available in most retail nurseries) just before planting. Plant the cuttings into a sandy soil mixture outdoors next spring and kept moist. Make sure that you maintain the original verticle orientation of the cuttings (plant the side of the cuttings closest to the roots into the soil; seems obvious but you can screw this up if you do not pay attention especially if the terminal end of the shoot has also been cut off.

    You can also clone with softwood cuttings, which I think is the easier approach since you do not have to store the cuttings. These are young leafy shoots that develope on the original plant in spring or early summer. Keep the cuttings as cold as possible until planted (use a cooler with ice). Again treat the cuttings with a growth hormone and plant as soon as possible in a sandy growing medium outdoors. Good luck.


  4. BigJim

    BigJim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 382

    "Blue Moon " is one of the original "blue" roses,but like you said its actually lavender or lilac as there are no true blue roses,You should be able to buy it at any Nursery that sells roses.Its been around for years.The "Blue" roses are generally not great growers they are prone to die-back and can have funny growth habits.Its something in there make up,but there are newer "blue" roses that do better than Blue Moon."Starlight" is one that springs to mind,they generally have lovely perfume though.Its not worth really trying to grow your own roses.leave it to the experts.But when you buy roses always insist on Virus Free plants.


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