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A rose for the ladies

Post  Herbert A on Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:02 pm

2004 i was one of the first in Austria who tried to make a bonsai from roses. I plantet this rose 1990 in my garden and digged it out 2004.
The best thing of a rose als bonsai is under the earth. Because from the thik roots you can make good trunks.

2004 after digging her out from the garden.



Two years later i plantet her in a new pot to get flater roots.



The tree in winter 2007. A little bit frozen, but the blooms look nice with ice.




At the EBA Convention 2008 in Vienna the tree gets a certificate.



2011, seven years in progress as bonsai.



Last year in autumn.



Spring 2013

Rosa multiflora, Height 35 cm, Pot: Peter Krebs.



Hope you enjoy

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Re: A rose for the ladies

Post  fiona on Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:23 pm

I'm not always convinced by roses as bonsai but this one is truly exceptional.

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Re: A rose for the ladies

Post  Tona on Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:14 am

Very nice. I have thought about trying a rose bonsai. Now I think I will.
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Re: A rose for the ladies

Post  Xavier de Lapeyre on Thu Apr 18, 2013 7:02 am

Thanks Herbert!
This is giving some hope for the roses that I am trying to turn into a bonsai Smile
Nothing worth showing right now but maybe in 5 years Smile

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Re: A rose for the ladies

Post  Cockroach on Thu Apr 18, 2013 8:55 am

I do not like roses in general but your rose is definitely giving that dislike a run for its money. Lovely specimen.

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Re: A rose for the ladies

Post  Guest on Thu Apr 18, 2013 12:21 pm

Hi Herbert A

A rose for the ladys?...you can ship it to me any time sunny

Kind regards Yvonne

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Re: A rose for the ladies

Post  Marco Giai-Coletti on Thu Apr 18, 2013 1:54 pm

Now I also want one! A couple of questions:

Do the compound leaves reduce in size easily?
Do you leaf prune?

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Re: A rose for the ladies

Post  giga on Thu Apr 18, 2013 5:16 pm

Marco Giai-Coletti wrote:Now I also want one! A couple of questions:

Do the compound leaves reduce in size easily?
Do you leaf prune?

I agree im going to try a rose after all the rosses I've seen and would like to know your technique for a rose.

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Re: A rose for the ladies

Post  Herbert A on Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:15 pm

Thank you for your nice comments.

It is easy to make a bonsai from a rose. But you must take roses with small blooms and smaller leafs. Most of the variety multiflora roses oder polyantharoses have this properties. You also can take wild roses.

The best of a rose if you dig out ist under the earth. Mostly she has one ore more thick roots and this roots are the best trunks.
So if you dig out a rose in spring or autum, cut it back realy hard. Only one, if possible a small shoot should be left over. This ist the later branch to style the crown.

Because the wood of the roses is very hard and you cannot curve as you want. The branches should be wired when they are thin and flexible.
So the growing and cut phase beginns. Let her grow and cut it back in autum. In an few years you have enough side branches for a good crowne.

Now my rose starts in spring with strong growth. I let her grow until End of June. So the multiflora rose makes flower buds with many blooms. Like in the picture. You should not use this flower buds. They are to long and dont look good. So cut it away. All of them. Cut also the strongest shoots back to one or two buds.



After a few weeks the rose makes flower buds again. But there is mostly only one small bloom. It looks much better and they bloom until the winter beginns.


She loves every fertilizer, but dont give heer to much. She is really uncomplicated.

Try roses, it makes fun and looks good.

Herbert Aigner





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Re: A rose for the ladies

Post  ironhorse on Fri Apr 19, 2013 9:48 pm

Thank you for sharing your techniques here Herbert - I didn't know roses could be sucessfully trained as bonsai, you have given me some ideas for a future project.

Regards

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Re: A rose for the ladies

Post  Marco Giai-Coletti on Fri Apr 19, 2013 9:54 pm

The main question now, is, will my wife let me convert her regular pot plant into a bonsai? Twisted Evil

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Re: A rose for the ladies

Post  Herbert A on Sun Jan 25, 2015 4:04 pm

Outside bad weather. So it is time to make some pictures and a update of the rose.

My rose is blooming also in winter. The temperature in the winterroom is +4 degrees Celsius, so the rose holds her blooms until spring.

10 years after digging out the rose the ramification gets better and better.





Hope you enjoy it

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Re: A rose for the ladies

Post  appalachianOwl on Sun Jan 25, 2015 4:26 pm

Great specimen Herbert! Thank you for sharing your progress; and the most helpful maintenance tips as there is not much out there, it really is appreciated.

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Re: A rose for the ladies

Post  Marco Giai-Coletti on Sun Jan 25, 2015 6:11 pm

Stunning, thanks for the update.

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Re: A rose for the ladies

Post  Leo Schordje on Tue Jan 27, 2015 7:35 pm

This one just keeps getting better. Very nice. Well done.

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Re: A rose for the ladies

Post  Andreasdeutscher on Wed May 13, 2015 7:55 am

Hi Herbert, nice Rose, did you tried any other species of botanic Roses as bonsai? I´ve got Rosa roxburghii, Rosa wichurana, Rosa multiflora, they are great for bonsai, much better than hybrids. I´m working with them with great satisfaction.

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Re: A rose for the ladies

Post  Precarious on Wed May 13, 2015 2:38 pm

I also very much enjoyed the rose and story of this rose of yours.  Very creative!
http://ibonsaiclub.forumotion.com/t16070-progress-of-a-rose

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