This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The Gardener's Chronicle gives the following good growth as something very remarkable, but we fancy some of our American Hose-growers could make a better showing: " At Messrs. J. & G. Hayes' nursery, at Edmonton, there can be seen growing overhead in a plant house two plants of Marechal Niel Rose, on their own roots, that were planted out at each end of the stage, carried up pillars and along the roof, for the purpose of supplying flowers. The first year the plants appeared to be engaged in the preparatory work of rooting themselves into the fine natural loam that abounds in the district; the next year the plants put forth leading shoots some fifteen feet or so in length, but the next year each plant, in six weeks, put forth shoots forty-five feet in length, and since then only small branches have been formed that bear plenty of flowers. It has been said that a Marechal Niel Rose soon wears itself out after such vigorous efforts: this appears as if it would be the case with the two Roses under notice. The main stems have swoolen to a great size, and now at a short distance from the ground, having swoolen out in a kind of canker-like formation, there are appearing ominous slits in the bark in an upward direction that portend dissolution.
In each case the strong shocts to which allusion has been made sprang directly from the soil, from a point of the parent stem just below the soil, consquently the junction is beneath the cracking bark. It is Messrs. Hayes' intention to build up a kind of shallow pit of soil round the base of the shoots, in the hope that they may be induced to put forth roots, and so get a new lease of life.