Cuttings from Weak Rose Bushes

mark_roeder(4B IA)May 19, 2006

I have a few weak bushes that just do not perform as I have seen elsewhere despite excellent care. Are cuttings from weak rose bushes, capable of outperforming the mother bush that has fallen on rough times for no apparent reason?

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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

Yes, I think so...I've had several I took cuttings of because the mother plant had crown gall, or was just a weakling, and the new plants are much much better. Threw the old plants out.

Give the weak plant a good hit of fertilizer a few weeks before you take cuttings, to get the cuttings as full of energy as you can.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2006 at 6:42PM
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flower2sew(z6 Indep MO)

My Lagerfeld was puny. I did take a cutting and rooted it. It is MUCH better.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2006 at 7:34PM
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Fantin_Latour(z7 OR)

If the wimpiness comes from a weakening disease, like RMV, crown gall, certain stem cankers, etc., it will also occur in the cutting grown rose. If the rose is merely puny due to poor soil, etc., a new rose grown from it will be fine in a better situation.

    Bookmark   May 23, 2006 at 7:25AM
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mark_roeder(4B IA)

The wimpiness may be due to multiple transplants and a poor graft on the original rose bush. Some writers here have suggested my rose grows 4 - 5 feet tall, and while I like the one I want to propagate, it grows to 18 inches, and has been shrinking over the years.

Thanks for your responses.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2006 at 4:24PM
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