Re: Pruning / Cuttings Question
I take the grape cuttings right around this time of year, after the
leaves are off.
Since it's often hard to tell one end of a grape vine from another,
it's pretty much done this way.....(or at least this is how I was
Have a pot of moist potting soil handdy with drainage holes in it.
Snip you to-be-cuttings-vine at the main vine, and immediately snip
a good ANGLE on that end, below a bud.
Go up the length of the vine, about 10-12 inches, and snip STRAIGHT,
just above the nearest bud at the rough length you want the cutting.
Push the Pointed end down into the soil near the outter edge of the
Go back to the length of vine in your hand, and, keeping track of
the back end of it, go up it to the next bud, snipping a POINT/Angle
just below that, and a Straight snip above the upper bud, and repeat
til the end, thrusting each pointed end into the pot.
I then set the pot into a shallow tray, at the side of a garden
walkway, and forget about them......for a season or 2 or 3.
Eventually I'll get around to
I seriously hate to waste Any cuttings, so come pruning time, ALL
the vines either get made into cuttings, and take their chances, or
get set aside (all ends square, in approx lengths of 6 inches) to
dry for later turning into artists charcoal, grape vines said to
make the 'best' form of this....
(I just recently lost my own grandmother, but she'd been a much
better seamstress teacher than a gardening one) The gardening I
learned from my 2nd husband, a re-located-to-the-South, Illinois
Farmboy who tried to turn a long city lot into a 'farm' complete
with chickens and beans.
I was a USAF brat, who'd moved around far too much to literally put
down ANY kind of 'roots' anywhere, but I loved the idea of it.
When he died, when I was 26, I moved my kids, lock-stock-and-plants,
130 miles into 'the country' where I've lived ever since, refusing
to budge. That was half a life-time ago. Before I left the city, I
literally dug up a pear tree that he and I had planted there on our
city lot. It still survives, wonderful and richly producing, every
year (I don't know what kind of pears, large and hard as rocks, but
full of juice....cooking pears, I guess)
Roses seem to 'like' me.
I've heard they're tempermental, but the climbing ones still seem to
thrive on my too busy neglect and shady woods location.
I tend to prune them in the Spring, just as I'm getting stir-crazy
from being inside all winter.
I make my cuttings the same way as I do my grape cuttings, except
shorter (about 8-10") and when I have leaves, so I'm sure to cut
only above 5-leaf groups.
I just stick the pointed ends into the pot, and forget about them
One thing I DO do differently though
they slant downward.
not good to get them in the pot.
so all the lowest thorns, I press a thumb or finger to the side of,
until they snap off....no pricked anythings.
A good tip for planting roses, to avoid those thorns (the Damascan
roses have THE wickedest thorns I've Ever encountered!!!) Is to roll
a length of newspaper, and fold it over/around the plant with one
hand, to keep the bushier ones and well, any of them, firmly held
while you're dealing with the other end, getting it into the ground.
(ps, press-removing thorns on Damascan roses is almost
impossible...in order to do safely, you must have a bit of thorn-
free stem to receive you digit......Damascan stems are COVERED with
thorns, of all sizes......hmmmmmmmmm.......natural defense
mechanisms........sounds like a weed........) <G>
--- In SCA-Herbalist@yahoogroups.com, Corwyn and Carowyn
> Greetings to the List!
> OK, my mind is shot after MSS3, and my grandmother's mind is no
> what it used to be, so I need some help.when is
> When is the proper time to take rose cuttings to propagate? And
> the proper time to take grape vine cuttings to propagate? >
> I used to think June for rose cuttings, but now I'm confused.
> -Carowyn (and, yes, I can share both roses and grapes)
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