Grow­ing and prop­a­gat­ing tips

Alberta Gardener Magazine - - News -

Wild roses can be prop­a­gated in sev­eral ways. Seeds can be re­moved from ripe hips, gen­tly rubbed with sand­pa­per and planted im­me­di­ately that fall. Shoots or cut­tings can be re­moved from the mother plant as well, al­though these meth­ods seem to be less suc­cess­ful than plant­ing seeds.

Once es­tab­lished, like many na­tive plants, wild roses typ­i­cally don’t re­quire much care. They should be planted in ar­eas with lots of sun and well-drained soil. Wa­ter­ing is im­por­tant as they be­come es­tab­lished, and the dead­wood can be cut back in the spring; they will flower on the older stems, so leave the liv­ing canes. An­other part of their beauty is that they are not as sus­cep­ti­ble to pests or the cold of harsh win­ters as hy­brids. How­ever, they can suc­cumb to pow­dery mildew and black spot.

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