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most recent 23 NOV 08 SHOW ALL
Initial post 28 MAY 08 by John Moody
I am so sorry to hear of Ingrid's loss with her battle with bone cancer. I hope this lovely rose grown in her name pays some homage to her life. I am very happy with this gorgeous rose bushes flower production and the blooms make excellent cut flowers for the home in a vase. I like to pair it with it's "little sister" Glowing Amber as they make a super interesting pair in a vase. If this rose had more fragrance it would be perfect.
Reply #1 of 1 posted 23 NOV 08 by Zimtrose
Hello John in Missouri,
Thank you for your post about my wife Ingrid's passing.
I am glad that Ingrid saw the rose (she choose it!) for the last four years in our garden. I also took many a bloom to her hospital bed and also to the care home.

It's Nov. 2008 and just now I happen to read your post. I was traveling most of the time since May and have not been at home and at HMF very much.

It's also great to read the many comments about the 'Ingrid' rose. I am glad that so many rosarians have such excellent reports about the rose which is now growing in Canada, USA, England, Holland and Germany.

George Mander
Publication / Article / VideoOwn Root Cuttings Setup
most recent 2 NOV 08 SHOW ALL
Initial post 22 MAY 05 by Kat Lee
Where do you buy the rooting powder? Is there another name for it? Thanks!
Reply #1 of 15 posted 22 MAY 05 by Lyn G

I picked up mine at Home Deopt. Another name for it is growth hormone.


Reply #2 of 15 posted 22 MAY 05 by Mander, George
Thank you Lyn for your reply about the rooting powder.

Yes, Home Depot is the BEST place to buy "anything" plant or garden related.
Not only in the US, but here in Canada too.

George Mander
Reply #3 of 15 posted 22 MAY 05 by Kat Lee
Hi! I tried Home Depot, and the only rooting powder I've found is Rootone, but I've not had too much luck with it, and it doesn't say an IBA percentage...How do you know if it's a #1, 2 or 3? I've bought Dip N Grow online, and am trying it out right now, 1/5. Do you score the ends of your cuttings, one side, all the way around, or not at all? My mother is french, and has a long line of green thumbs in her family. She can stick something in a bucket of water or pot of dirt, and it roots. I am not so lucky...
Reply #4 of 15 posted 23 MAY 05 by Lyn G

I don't know if you read it, but there is an excellent article about starting roses from cuttings in last month's Ezine. However, I have talked with experts who have propagated cuttings for years, and others who have only done it few times. There are so many variables that I can only tell you there is more than one right way to propagate cuttings. Some roses "root like fire" -- Kim Rupert, other roses are almost impossible to propagate. I don't know why. Sometimes, it depends on the class of rose you are trying to propagate, the temperature, the amount of sunlight, water, soil, season and more.

People who propagate roses are always sharing tips on how to get a better "take". One rosarian swears you have to rip the cutting off of the plant at the heel of the cutting, another says you only need to cut off the cutting and wound the heel. You can get into conversations that go on for hours about what works best. The real answer is that you have to experiment and find out what works for you.

I believe the article written by George Mander posted to the HelpMeFind site to be one of the best on rose propagation... and I have read a lot of them.

I do think you should have the heel as a part of the cutting and it should be wounded, either by tearing the cutting off of the mother plant or by cutting it off and wounding the cambian layer. Even tho' I get a fair take on cuttings, I still don't consider myself an expert and am always experimenting and keeping notes. But it's important to remember that my beliefs in what works and what doesn't are based on MY experiments.

Whether your cuttings take or not may have nothing to do with the rooting hormone you are using. As I said earlier, there are a lot of variables.


Reply #6 of 15 posted 23 MAY 05 by Mander, George
Hello Lyn,

Thank you for your compliments about my article on rose propagation.

Before I stick my cuttings I make a scratch on either side of the lowest eye and make sure that the eye is not damaged.
I forgot to mention this in my article !

The local mini grower "Select Roses" who is my mentor in own root cuttings does not border to wound the bottom end of the cuttings. He is getting 99 to 100 percent rooted under mist propagation. When the two of us went down to CA & Arizona in 1994 we visited every mini grower on the way and most of them were only getting 70 to 80 % rooted.

George Mander
Reply #7 of 15 posted 23 MAY 05 by Lyn G

I started my rose life by volunteering at a miniature rose nursery and spent days preparing cuttings for propagation. Although, I did not spend time at the propagation fascility of the nursery, when I was trained to take cuttings for propagation, I was taught to make certain that I got a lot of the heel in my cuttings.

My understanding that the general "take" was quite high at this nursery, too.

However, my experiments with other classes of roses showed me that I still had a lot to learn about roses and propagation. I still haven't stopped learning.


Reply #9 of 15 posted 27 OCT 08 by CarolynB
Lyn -- You say that you were taught to make certain that you got a lot of the heel in your cuttings. What is the heel?
Reply #10 of 15 posted 28 OCT 08 by Lyn G

I may not be able to describe this well enough, but the heel is where the shoot joins the cane. Imagine a small branch (shoot) attached to a larger branch (cane). Each shoot started from a bud eye. Each root starts from a bud eye. Nature has a tendency to over compensate to make sure that a plant survives. In this case, although one bud eye developed into the new shoot, Nature, put extra bud eyes there "just in case". There are a LOT of dormant bud eyes at that part of the plant, which means that your cuttings have a better chance of taking.

So when you take a cutting and bury the heel and a couple of bud eyes with at least two more bud eyes above your potting medium, you are giving yourself an edge in getting your cutting to take.

That said, there are still a LOT of other variables that can impact your success.

Reply #5 of 15 posted 23 MAY 05 by Mander, George
Hello Kate Lee,
You may not have seen it, in my Q. & A. you will find :
Q :
What rooting Hormone do you use, powder or liquid ???
A :
I am using a “softwood / semi hardwood” powder which contains a fungicide to prevent rotting. The BEST you can buy is Rhizopon AA#3 powder (0.8% IBA in talc). Several reports say that liquid is not as good !!

Also note, that Rootone is OK too.
As for numbers, just look for “softwood / semi hardwood”.

Hope that helps.
Reply #8 of 15 posted 27 OCT 08 by Unregistered Guest
My daughter rsceived a rose as a gift in the beginning of september which I placed outside in a vase of water in front of a cherished statue in my yard. Well the rose lasted for about 2 weeks before it started to die; however when I went to remove the cut rose from the vase, I noticed that new leafs were growing lower on the stem. Now it is almost November and although the flower has since died, there are many new growths on the stem. The cutting is only in water and no visable roots have developed and I have since brought the rose inside because I live up north and the weather has started to get cold. My question is; what can I do to save this rose, and how can I sucessfully trasplant it?
Reply #11 of 15 posted 2 NOV 08 by Zimtrose
Hello anonymous,
I have been out of the country a lot lately. Just returned from Germany in Sept, and from the US a few days ago.
All I can suggest :
Go to my website
then to my gallery page and there you find :
"Own Root Cuttings Setup Gallery with detailed comments and info for each of the 30 images."

I am sorry, but I do not have much time to go into details.

Regards George Mander
Reply #13 of 15 posted 2 NOV 08 by HMF Admin

I see you have multiple HMF registrations now. Is that what you want? It's going to make it more difficult for you to edit your current HMF listings. Hope all is well there.
Reply #12 of 15 posted 2 NOV 08 by HMF Admin
George's article about root cutting is also featured in HMF's Ezine. Just search our Ezine for cuttings or look for George's articles.
Reply #14 of 15 posted 2 NOV 08 by Mander, George
George Mander again here,
HMF Admin. wrote :
"I see you have multiple HMF registrations now.!"

What you see are all the official IRAR code-names for my registered roses, starting with "MAN" which is my International code name, or "Registration name" which I always had !
I make up what comes after MAN ! In most cases it is part of the name under which the rose is listed at nurseries selling my roses.
At HMF it is listed as "Exhibition name"
I hope I cleared this up ?
Reply #15 of 15 posted 2 NOV 08 by HMF Admin
No, I mean you now have multiple HMF membership accounts for yourself. This poses a problem when you want to update your breeder listing or your rose listing. Do you want us to combine your multiple membership accounts ?
most recent 27 AUG 08 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 27 AUG 08 by Unregistered Guest
Hey uncle Geroge, it's me Marijke, your niece!

Just wanted to tell you that I took a look at the pictures of your roses!

They are really gorgeous!

With kind regards,

* Marijke *
Reply #1 of 3 posted 27 AUG 08 by Zimtrose
Thank you Marijke,
Got you message OK

Reply #3 of 3 posted 27 AUG 08 by David Porter
Hi George,

Please click the blue "How Do I..." button for instructions on how to sign in so you wont be list as anonymous. Thanks.
Reply #2 of 3 posted 27 AUG 08 by Zimtrose
Thank you Marijke,
Your english is perfect !

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