Friday, 13 January 2012
Some of the roses in the college are old and in need of rejuvenation. One such rose can be found in the front quad, at the end of the top terrace, beside staircase 6. A few young, vigorous stems grew following last years prune but all the flowering shoots are at the top. In order to have more flowering shoots along the entire length of the stem we are going to trick the rose into giving us this growth. As a temporary measure we have put the young stems under pressure by bending them over and tying them in to the horizontal wires. This will slow down the flow of sap along the stem promoting more flowering shoots and once this has happened we will carefully replace the stems back in the centre of the rose.