An easy way to make more of your favorite roses
Growing roses from cuttings mean to grow them on their own roots, but many rosarians believe roses must be budded to get the best out of them.
I think taking cuttings is an excellent way to get specimens from fellow gardeners or to make more of your favorite roses.
Although I do not recommend this method for most Hybrid Teas, growing roses from cuttings is a good way to propagate vigorous varieties such as Ramblers, Climbers, vigorous Floribundas and many Shrub roses. Weaker-growing rose types are best propagated by budding.
Own root roses, which we will get from cuttings, have some advantages to budded plants:
Cuttings can be made in two ways:
However, reading books, magazines or any recommendation about growing roses from cuttings the semi-ripe cutting is what they refer to. A higher proportion is likelier to succeed by this method than by hardwood cuttings.
Take rose cuttings any time from late spring to late summer, when the wood is semi-ripe. What exactly does semi-ripe mean for selecting cuttings? It means to select a side shoot that is still green and turns woody at the base, but is still flexible.
Here is how to do it right:
Done? Not at all.
The cuttings need special care until they have rooted. They need a warm and sunny place but no direct intense sunlight. Best would be a place with morning and afternoon sun but shadily at midday (north side of the house).
Cuttings have no roots. That’s why they need moisture through misting the leaves several times each day. If you forget to mist them, they will die.
Once the cuttings have rooted in 2-6 weeks or so, it is time to transplant into a larger pot.
When the plants start to grow and are about the same size as you would buy them in shops, it is time to plant them out. Use my guides for planting roses, to be sure how to do it right.
Although it seems this method is not well known among gardeners, I think it is an easy way to propagate roses.
Sharp pruners would be the single equipment and it does not need special knowledge to perform hardwood cuttings. Aftercare is minimal as well.
The trench for hardwood cuttings should be 10-12 inches deep and filled to 1/3 of its depth with sharp sand.
The following fall the cuttings should be well rooted and can be transplanted. If not, allow them to grow on for another year. Use my guides to planting roses for that procedure.
One word to legality of growing roses from cuttings:
it is not allowed to grow patented roses without permission from the breeder. But you can grow older roses (older than about 20 years), old roses and species roses without permission.Rose Gardening › Growing Roses ›