Thursday, June 9, 2016

Josiah Ryland's Rose

There is a small rose growing in the shade beside an ornate iron fence in Section B at Hollywood Cemetery.  I have visited it many times, but I have never seen a flower on it ... till last month.



This flower is not much to look at, definitely past peak and a bit tattered, but it's a beautiful flower to me.  



Timing was perfect and the plant was in good enough condition to allow me to carefully snip five cuttings ... to try to propagate it, preserve it, and possibly determine which rose it is.



I checked on the cuttings this morning and I saw a root!!



More roots!!



Whatever this rose is, it rooted VERY quickly.  All five cuttings are in this container, planted on May 19, and multiple roots are visible on the side and bottom of the container three weeks later, today, June 9.  (Six to eight weeks, maybe longer, is more typical.)

These roots hold the promise of plants that represent the opportunity for me to grow Josiah Ryland's rose under more favorable conditions than it has at the cemetery, to share it with others, and (fingers crossed) to figure out which rose this is.

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10 comments:

  1. Good luck with the Ryland rose! Looks like it's off to a good start!

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    1. Thanks! I'm really excited about how quickly these rooted.

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  2. I'm sure this little beauty will do very well for you.

    Thanks for sharing yet another lovely rose.

    FlowerLady

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    1. It has lived in the shade with little care for a long time. I'm sure that it was a sunny spot when the rose was planted, but trees grow and shade happens. Later, once the cuttings become actual plants, I will plant them in the sun and see what they do.

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  3. I think it's a beauty, Connie, and what a great sign that it is taking off already!

    Shirley

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    1. This was SO much more than I hoped for! Five cuttings of a rose like this, living with no supplemental water and only annual/occasional care, I never know how many will survive and root. To have roots so quickly, and no dead cuttings at all, feels miraculous. I take it as a good sign of a fruitful propagation season.

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  4. Congratulations on preserving this rose for future generations.

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    1. Thanks. Still a long way from roots to plants and preservation, but it's a start.

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  5. I do believe Josiah Ryland was happy to share, and he must be thrilled with the outcome.

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