best time to start cuttings in Canada

jroot(5A Ont. Canada (near Guelph))August 26, 2007

My Blaze died but came up from the root stock as a single white which blooms for 1 day. :(

In a nearby cemetery, there is an amazing shrub rose with gorgeous double blooms, and the plant must be at least 80 years old, with trunks several inches in diameter. Obviously it is tough as nails as it gets NO protection from the north wind where it is.

I would like to take several cuttings of the plant, and was thinking that early September might be a good time. Do you think it will have enough time to formulate good roots to get it through the winter if I started within a week's time?

I was thinking of cutting the top 8 inches of a bloom end: removing all but the last 2 leaves, using a semihardwood rooting hormone; starting them in potting medium with good drainage; and then placing them in a protected shady northern light area of the garden. Am I on the right track?

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paparoseman(z8 WA. PO.)

Personally I would start cuttings in your zone in early summer right after the first flush is over with. If you do not have some kind of greenhouse or other area that keeps above freezing the cuttings are unlikely to survive.

China and tea roses can start this late but they cannot live in your cold winter outside.


    Bookmark   August 28, 2007 at 1:13AM
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elks(US5 Can6)

I'm in London, ON, and agree with paparoseman. I started most of my 24 cuttings in early July after the fisrt flush. 22 have been repotted into gallon pots now that they have rooted. Many buds have been nipped to promote bushier growth. It is possible for you to start now and have them root with reduced chances of their surviving over winter, but what have you got to lose?

I include a link to an article I wrote.


Here is a link that might be useful: The Article

    Bookmark   August 28, 2007 at 6:40AM
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jroot(5A Ont. Canada (near Guelph))

Thanks, paparoseman and elks. Your comments are most appreciated.

A very interesting article, elks.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2007 at 4:50PM
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Cheryl Netter lives in zone 4 and starts her cuttings indoors, and overwinters them indoors under lights. I have just taken 13 cuttings from a Fair Bianca 10 days ago (Aug 27). They have already rooted, and I am planning to grow them on indoors, initially under fluoro, and if they get big, a few 400w hps lamps.

    Bookmark   September 7, 2007 at 4:22PM
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