Hi, pegged down some stems of my ground cover roses last week. (new bare roots last winter. Not grown roses before.) Do the stems root? So eventually I take the pegs away?
Hello Supernoodle, I don't think that your roses will root, no. They may do if they are encouraged to by you though. Just as if you were taking a cutting, you could try, with a very sharp knife, nicking the stem at a leaf joint and pressing that part down firmly, for about a year or so, into the soil. The rose might just put down roots then.
I tried what pansyface suggests some years ago and they never took. I'd suggest the conventional method.
Roases root very well. Take cuttings instead.
they will root , but , in my experience, they'll never be " ground cover"
Thanks guys. I'm just trying to cover the thin border with roses ( shrub roses behind, ground cover in front) rather than looking to propagate, but wondering what'll happen now I've pegged them. Don't really know what I'm doing.... How to peg ( other than to use a coat hanger!), whether to leave forever... You'll get a query in the winter regarding pruning to tidy....
I think the pegging is just a technique to encourage what would otherwise be lax an low growing roses to work as groundcover. My understanding is that you leave the pegs there. Wire coat hangers seem a good idea - or plastic tent pegs?
I have planted 'raubritter'' a ground cover rose, I was just leaving it to it' s own devices... Should I have posted this in the 'growing roses' thread?
Yes, John I saw that too. I think they were using Rambling Rector as the ground cover rose.
Ooh fab, got it on planner!