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Tip #1 - How to be an informed Rose Buyer - Extracted From 2-10 South Metro Rose Society Newsletter, How to be an Informed Rose Buyer by Cindy Dale, CR

Tip #2 - Secrets to successful grafting:

Some secrets to successful grafting are to start with a really healthy rose
bush cutting. If the bush is suffering from disease or insect infestation it
will reduce the success rate of grafting from over 80% under a misting
system to less that 40%. It is recommended to spray the bush twice in the
spring of the year before taking the cutting. And graft in the spring before
Blackspot gets started. The fungus becomes active in a wet environment with
a temperature of about 24 degrees Celsius (approximately 75 degrees

Use a clean knife! Don't let the cutting touch dirt or dirty water etc. Keep
it wet.

And match the diameter of the canes as closely as possible.

Tip #3 - Workshop Tip:
At the April Workshop, Mary Maud gave a demonstration of tips on the use of a Siphon Mixer:

One example of a Siphon Mixer with backflow preventer (AKA Siphonex, Hyponex) is the HOZON Brass model at around $20.

There are several commercially made siphon mixers that range in cost from $15.- to close to $100.-. By using one of these siphon devices you don’t have to carry the weight of a hose end sprayer or a sprayer with a larger tank.

You can easily add fertilizer or any soluble chemical like a systemic to the water going through your hose by put the desired mix ratio of fertilizer/chemical in a bucket of water and using a siphon mixer device. The siphon mixer accurately applies the ratio of solution of plant foods, herbicides, insecticides, and other soluble chemicals for use in the greenhouse or garden.

As an example the Hozon Siphon Mixer draws a concentrated solution from a bucket water mixture through a flexible tube and then dilutes it with the passing water stream at an approximate ratio of 16 parts to a single part concentrated solution at a standard household water pressure between 45 and 60 PSI. The pressure can be checked but I believe it is normal for most residential areas.


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