Austrian briar (r. lutea) propagation?
I have the pure yellow, as well as the bi-color r. foetida.
They are growing together in a tangled thicket, some 25' long and 12' wide.
I need information on how to propagate these, especially the yellow ones.
Right now, they are blooming; so, I can tell which are the yellow and which are the bi-color. The flowers will be gone in probably two weeks, leaving a developing hip in their place.
My wife has ordered me to kill the entire "useless, brier patch." But I want to sneakily save a few plants. I need help in the propagation techniques -- how to.
I've successfully propagated flowers by stem cuttings and also leaf cuttings. I tried the former with these a few years ago, but without success.
I can't get to where the plants comes out of the ground to dig suckers--I'd have to fight my way through very dense briers. I need your advise. (It seems like a shame to kill these plants--they've been here at least 50 years.)
--maybe I didn't do the stem cuttings correctly? I wasn't sure how to do it with the flowers all being in a line on a cane. The leaf nodes are about 1" apart. The flowers appear ever 2" or so. The canes are unbranched.