Late start dormant cuttings

gerry_wyomingpa(z6)February 15, 2006

I am getting a very late start on some dormant cuttings, but with the weather we have had, I do not think it is out of the question for it to work (I hope).

My question is, with the snow we may or may not get for the rest of the winter, as well as the spring rains, 'should' it be safe to use potting soil that has quick release and timed release fertiliser in it? I am think that the strength should be washed mostly out of it so that by the time roots form, it would be very mild.

If this does not seem like it would work, I could go out and get more, it is just that I have a partial bag of this and was thinking this would be a good way to use it up.

TIA for any suggestions.


Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I'm not in dormant territory but this winter have been rooting R. fortuniana cuttings in Sta Green potting soil with some fert. in it. I just poked a big hole in the middle of 1 pint pots full of the potting soil and put sharp sand in the middle to stick the cuttings. Working great. When I put coir into the bottom of plastic cups to keep the sand from running out the drain holes like an hour glass, it seemed that the roots all grew into the coir and not the sand. So I used left over potting soil and it works. Someone says that the fert doesn't work till it warms up so I can't say anything about that, but I will stick with this setup. It has been warm here this winter more than most.I cover the pint pots with cutoff two liter coke bottles.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2006 at 10:10PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo


Thanks for the info. I was thinking it should work, as I mentioned the fert. should be pretty diluted by the time the roots form and then they would not burn (hopefully). I did not use sand at all, I just stuck them into the potting soil, they will be in a protected area, so I am hoping that the drainage will not be a problem. Well, nothing ventured, nothing gained!

    Bookmark   February 16, 2006 at 3:20AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
irish_rose_grower(z7 LI NY)

Hi Gerry, how did you make out with these cuttings?


    Bookmark   December 16, 2006 at 9:16AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo


Got quite a few to root with that, I am finding that reusing old potting mix, that from the annuals and such that were potted in the summer seems pretty good too, guess we will know that come next spring.


    Bookmark   December 16, 2006 at 11:14AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Where to find the largest selection of Florist Roses?
I live in a pretty big city, Houston, but I am flummoxed...
Best way to start from cuttings
I used to be really good at starting roses, and it...
Another Houzz change-sending messages without following
Meredith posted this on the Antique Roses forum: In...
jasminerose4u, California
Hawaii conditions probably not conducive to burrito method
Just wanted to share, I attempted to do the burrito...
Help in propagtion of roses
Hi, I have a flower shop in Manila and we are getting...
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™