Rose Grafting Techniques

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Learn correct rose grafting techniques such as how to make a cleft graft, splitting and connecting the two parts of the graft and tying the graft together. A gardening expert demonstrates in this free video on growing roses.

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Hi, I'm Stan DeFreitas, Mr. Green Thumb for askmrgreenthumb.com. Growing roses and grafting them. A lot of people like the idea of trying to graft a rose and it's really no more difficult than grafting most other plants. You're going to need a good pair of cutters. You're going to need a good sharp knife and you'll need some type of, of material like this to tie the rose together. Typically, what we're going to do is come into the base of the plant which we're going to call the root stalk. We take our knife and we make a sowing area right down the middle. This is called the cleft graft. Then, we're going to take our other piece, the piece that we really like, maybe it's a different kind of rose and we're going to put that rose or scion, which is what we call the top part of the rose and we put the two together. Once you split it, you make your kind of a narrow cut on either side, so we have a lot of cambium area for those two to go together. Once you have those two united and you think you've got good cambium contact, you're going to go ahead and take your material like this and just kind of tie it together; just kind of string it around there and go ahead and make a knot if you want or you can take some wax, which is what we used to do in the old days. You'd melt the paraffin, put it when it's just kind of mildly hot and then pour it over the plant. You can do that; I find just tying it in as probably adequate. For askmrgreenthumb.com, I'm Stan DeFreitas.

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