What works with many plants works with roses as well: Growing roses from cuttings is an easy way to propagate your favorite roses
Although many rose experts think roses should be grafted to get the best results, for amateur’s propagation by taking cuttings is probably the better choice.
Growing roses from cuttings is an excellent way to get specimens from fellow gardeners or to increase the stock of your favorite roses.
Although I do not recommend this method for most Hybrid Teas, it is a good way to propagate vigorous varieties such as Ramblers, Climbers, 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:
Reading books, magazines or any recommendation about growing roses from cuttings the semi-ripe cutting is what they bring up.
A higher percentage 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 does semi-ripe mean for cuttings?
It means to choose a still green and flexible side shoot that already turns woody at the base.
Here is how it works…
Done? Not at all.
Semi-ripe cuttings need special care until they have rooted. They need a warm and sunny place but no direct intense sunlight.
Best would be an area 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.
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 taking hardwood cuttings is easier because this method does not require any special equipment and knowledge, also aftercare is minimal.
Sharp pruners are the only tools you need for hardwood cuttings.
Always cut a few sticks more than needed, if one or another does not grow.
Here is how it works…
The trench for hardwood cuttings should be 10-12 inches deep and filled to 1/3 of its depth with sharp sand.
following fall the hardwood 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.
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