Mr. Editor: In the Horticulturist (Jan. 7,1856), you publish a short piece on "Root-Grafting Roses," by "an English gardener;" as I have practised this mode of propagating the rose for the past ten years, I forward you a detail of my experience.

I adopted the mode somewhat from necessity, as I could not afford to wait the slow process of buds and cuttings; and, as fruit-trees did so well by root grafting, it occurred to me that roses would do equally so.

The best kinds of roots I have ever used for the purpose, were taken from a wild species, very common about Nashville, probably the original prairie rose of the gardens; but any strong growing roots from the strong growing kinds will do; choosing those from a quarter to one inch through, and cutting them in pieces of from four to six inches long. Rub off the thorns on the back of the scion, as far as the bandage will extend, with the back of the knife. Make the cut on the root about two and a half inches long, and the cut on the scion to correspond, using the same process as in apple grafting.

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I generally prepared my ground for planting the previous fall or winter, selecting a piece of sod when I could, and trenching it up 18 inches or two feet deep. As early as possible in spring, I lined the ground off into beds five feet wide, and planted the grafted roots one foot apart in the row, and two feet from row to row. Care must be taken to make the plants firm in the ground, leaving one or two eyes only out.

As soon as the buds begin to push, loosen the surface of the soil with a hoe. Pinch out all the flower-buds as they appear, and when they have made shoots six or eight inches long, pinch them back. In the fall, after a growth of only six months, these plants will be from two to five feet high, according to the strength of the variety.

I have more particularly alluded to the remontants, mosses, and hardy garden roses; and these varieties, I am perfectly well satisfied, after years of experience, can be propagated in no way with such ease and rapidity as by this.

The other varieties I have, for the most part, rooted in pots. The Noisettes, I have found, do better than the Tea or Bourbons; in fact, the kinds which produce the stoutest wood do best by root grafting.

I may remark, that when the graft grows, the stock root never suckers; but when the scion dies, the roots nevertheless grow, showing that that variety can be propagated by the roots.

[An excellent practical article. - Ed].