Roses forum: Leggie Austrian Copper

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Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
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Skiekitty
Apr 26, 2010 10:48 PM CST
OK, I have 1 Austrian Copper that survived this last winter. It has two long long canes (about 3' long). How can I get it to produce more canes? Cut these canes back to the bud union? Seems kinda.. harsh. But I'd love to have at least 5-10 canes on this and let it crawl up my fence (I'd have to tie it off of course). Not to mention it'd keep my dogs from sticking their nose into that fence & harassing the neighbor's old dog & young puppy.

What do I do?
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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Apr 26, 2010 11:38 PM CST

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It's grafted? Ordinarily, I'd suggest sprinking a handful of epsom salts around the base. That stimulates the growth of new canes, but if it's grafted it might stimulate the rootstock instead. I've never grown Austrian Copper, but why don't you try just pruning it lightly? I don't think you should go all the way back to the bud union.
Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
Charter ATP Member Irises Salvias Xeriscape Birds I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Procrastinator The WITWIT Badge Region: Colorado Enjoys or suffers cold winters Cat Lover
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Skiekitty
Apr 27, 2010 9:55 AM CST
OK, took a picture of it this morning. I'm still heavily in the process of doing lots of construction (bricks, repairing fences, etc), so please forgive the mess. It actually only has 1 cane w/a few offshoots from that cane. It's the one that died (didn't survive the winter) that had the 2 canes.

How much epsom salts? My handful is probably a bit bigger than your handful. :)

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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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zuzu
Apr 27, 2010 1:06 PM CST

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The size of the hand doesn't matter, Toni. It's not like a food recipe. A little more or less makes very little difference. Just sprinkle some around the base and water it in.

That rose looks completely viable. I hope it grows into a monster for you.
Name: Toni
Denver Metro (Zone 5a)
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
Charter ATP Member Irises Salvias Xeriscape Birds I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Garden Procrastinator The WITWIT Badge Region: Colorado Enjoys or suffers cold winters Cat Lover
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Skiekitty
Apr 27, 2010 1:15 PM CST
I hope it grows into a monster, too. I saw one over at my M-I-L's covenant controlled, gated community (to keep rifraf like me out) that was a monster and totally just smothered in orange blooms.. I just had to get one when I saw it! M-I-L didn't know it was a rose. I figure that if it gets big enough, it'll take over that corner there & I can tie it to that fence to keep it going. Just can't stand the smell! Yuck!
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