I am happy to say that I have a new rosebush! This forward little chap is the first of my collection of cuttings to sport a bud. Well! If it's old enough to begin the reproductive cycle already, it is certainly old enough for its own pot!
|Starting Young! A Pink Mini Bud on a Young Cutting|
|Ready to Transplant|
Below is the crowd of my cuttings that made it out of the baggies and into yogurt pots to continue their root development journey in an actual pot. At this stage there are no guarantees; already one of these deceptively robust fellows shriveled up and died. Obviously, this time in their lives may be fraught with danger.
|Already a Standout Among the Crowd Shown Here on January 4th|
However, I think I will have a few successes this year. Below, see how I have assembled my new rosebush, a scrubbed-in-bleach clay pot, and potting soil. It's a gorgeous sunny day and I am in the front yard IN SHORTS! (NOT shown!) It's hard to believe that it's January!
I am pleased to see some solid rooting and a nice root ball holding together.
|Plenty of Healthy Roots|
A little gravel ( also washed in bleach) went into the pot first, then a layer of commercial potting soil. The little gal seems happy to stretch and breathe!
A good outdoor soak of water with a shot of vitamin B-1 solution, which is formulated for transplanting, and she's ready. A nice, sunny south window will make a perfect spot for her to grow through the winter. In the early spring, I'll start taking her on day outings to harden her off.
|In Her New home|
The alabaster Bruce LaFountain sculpture, "Longing for Her Warrior" , though disdainful in general, seems to approve and be willing to share a spot on the antique chest for now.
|The Bruce LaFountain Sculpture Approves|
It is gratifying to have a brand new rosebush for the garden next spring!
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