Initial thoughts on propagation

katefisher(Z7_NorthernCA)July 9, 2008

I would like to try taking some cuttings from mine and my neighbors roses (with permission) to propagate them. I have a couple of questions please:

1) What rooting compound is preferred/most effective? I found two at the hardware store this morning. One is called Root & Grow and is a liquid. The other is just called Rooting Compound by GreenLight. My husband wants to use RootEase but I'll have to keep looking if that's the best product.

2) I would like to take the cuttings and put them in a six inch pot with potting soil and then the clean, empty 2 litre soda bottle over the top. I know this creates a greenhouse effect. If you do this how do you know if your cutting is receiving enough moisture? Or too much moisture? I presume under those circumstances no misting is needed.

3) Finally if I do this now and I'm successful the baby rose should in theory be plantable within a few months? I'm just trying to figure out what do with my young rose if it is ready come October when we will be getting our first freezes. Might be able to keep them up in our breezy attic over the winter.

Thank you. I don't know what I'm doing so any feedback is appreciated.


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mgleason56(Michigan 5b)

Hi Kate,

I'll send you an email tonight answering your questions.

    Bookmark   July 9, 2008 at 2:44PM
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Hey Mike. Thanks I'll look for it this evening.


    Bookmark   July 9, 2008 at 3:16PM
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Also I would like to know if people use the method found on Paul Barden's website (actually the author here is Mel Hulse)

Link below. Thanks.


Here is a link that might be useful: Mel Hulse and propagation

    Bookmark   July 10, 2008 at 2:04PM
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Yes, I've read the rose rustler's method, and it's good. I use cuttings with only 2 or 3 buds. I cut straight across right below the lowest bud, and I include one or two leaves associated with the top one or two buds. I trim the leaves if they are big, to help them fit - I actually use a tray of peat pots covered with a humididome, instead of a baggie, but the baggie method is less complicated, and gives similar results.
The method I use is more similar to the George Mander modification, but the basic principle is the same. I stay away from using a heel, I prefer to cut directly below a bud. Your cuttings will get plenty of moisture, either in a baggie, covered with a pop bottle, or covered with a humididome. I actually crack open the vent on my humididome just about right away, but the baggie/pop bottle/humididome will have condensation on it, which tells you that the air is basically saturated with water, and so the leaves will only lose tiny or no amounts of water. Apparently the rose rustler says the rooting compound is not essential. Myself, I make a hole in the medium, drizzle some rooting gel into the hole, and put the cutting in, then firm the medium around it. I buy the gel with the fungicide. I prefer to grow on my cuttings under a shoplight garden over the winter. In my northern climate, this makes a huge difference, because my outdoor growing season is short. If you have a long growing season, this may not be as important, but indoors you can grow your cuttings with the lights on continuously, you will get quite a fine bush by the next spring, and you can take cuttings from cuttings the way George Mander does. Sativa.

    Bookmark   July 10, 2008 at 9:34PM
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