making an own-root weeping standard.
I was reading one of Luannes rose books the other day and read how one can make;
-an own root weeping standard.
I have seen two of these, one was made from an own-root
'Crepescule' the other was an 18 foot tall 'Susan Louise' with all its lower branches cut off from the ground to c. 8 feet above, letting the canopy appear like an apple tree in siloutte.
I hope to do the same to
"Mermaid' and 'Albertine'
the advantage is that instead of a 30' wide or tall plant, one has one that is of a more managable size. I plan on growing them to c. 8 feet tall and removing canes on the lower 5 feet and letting the canes fall in a cascade to nearly the ground. with a diameter of c. 8 feet.
this is done in 2 steps.
1. letting the rosebush grow until it has a big central cane that is at least 3 inches in diameter. and supporting the cane during this time.
2. when the plant is tall enough use fishing weights tied with line to the ends of the canes so they drop down.
No rootstock needed!!!
Can you think of other roses that would work well for this?
I would guess that supple climbers with long canes would work best, rather than twiggy-branching climbers.