more than one cutting per pot??? and now in January?

shellva(Camden 7b/8a)January 24, 2007

Hello everyone,

I am going to take the plunge and try my hand at propagating some of my roses. I've done a search looking for suggestions but now I still have some questions.

1> Several posters here have mentioned putting more than one cutting in the same pot. If by some miracle all cuttings in a pot took, would I plant out the entire thing as one plant or would I seperate and then have that many individual plants?

2> Can I make some cuttings now??? I want to try Don Juan. I went out this morning and looked at it and even though it's near the end of January, it has parts with healthy looking leaves on it and it looks like it wants to bud out. Can I go ahead and do it now for this particular rose?

3> I thought I read somewhere that the timing for taking cuttings of gallicas is a bit different than other roses. I want to propagate my Duchesse de Montebello. Again, can I make cuttings of this one in late January? I don't see any signs of budding out on this one. If not, when is the best time to take cuttings from a Gallica?

I am not ready to try just sticking a cutting in the ground. I am more interested in cuttings that are in a pot and brough into the house. Just thought I'd clarify that in case there is a major difference between the two methods.

Thank you in advance to whomever decides to post to my thread.


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mad_gallica(zone 5 - eastern New York)

The major difference between the two methods, if that hardwood cuttings, which are stuck in the ground in late fall, and which you could do now, are taken from fully ripened wood. The reason you could do this now, is because that is what the roses currently have.

Softwood cuttings are the ones done inside with humidity. They are taken from semi-ripe wood. This is easy to determine because it's pretty much the same age that a cane has to be to flower. So if the take the cutting from a flower stem, it's good to go. This is true of pretty much all roses, so the timing difference between a gallica and a hybrid tea is that you can take HT cuttings throughout the blooming season, but the gallicas should be taken in June or whenever they bloom.

Whether or not you would plant out multiple cuttings in a pot probably depends on what you are trying to do. I've gotten several potted roses from Sequoia that have multiple rooted cuttings. Usually I separate them simply because that way I get more roses.

    Bookmark   January 25, 2007 at 9:49AM
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Those are all good things to know especially the timing of taking cuttings from Gallicas..
It looks like you are in the same zone as I am, and if so, some if not all of the roses aren't dormant, and don't have I think cuttings can be taken now. I am rooting them outside though...
when I have multiple cuttings in one pot..I take them out, and pot them separately...almost all of the roses I have from Chamblees, had at least two plants in the pot...More roses!!

    Bookmark   January 26, 2007 at 1:27PM
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Hi, I am a newbie and when I got roses from chamblee and sequoia I planted them in one spot per pot... I didn't know that there could be multiple cuttings in one pot. Now I am really worried... Does that hurt them later? should I dig them up and replant them?

Thanks a lot!

    Bookmark   January 31, 2007 at 3:08PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

jenny7 they are fine as they are.

If you are just starting out rooting roses, it is way easier to achieve success in late spring than it is in mid-winter.

    Bookmark   January 31, 2007 at 4:20PM
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