Roots but no leaves

Maude80August 18, 2012

Hi everyone,

I know that when rooting rose cuttings, the most important thing is to get the roots to grow, not the leaves. What happens though when you have roots, but the plant is not putting out any new shoots? Some of them have been potted for around a month, still in plastic, but not making any new leaves.

Is there anything special that I should be doing to induce new growth, or does it not matter for a while??


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I am in the same situation sometimes ... roots and no leaves for what seems like forever. I leave the cuttings alone until the leaves start to form. Sometimes it doesn't take long, sometimes it never happens ... it's hard to tell. Most of the time, tho, leaves form, the plant grows, and you have a new rose for your garden.

Patience is the most important aspect of propagation.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2012 at 6:53AM
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donaldvancouver(cool wet z8)

Same problem here- a few roots, then wait and wait until the cutting eventually turns black. I suspect it has to do with inadequate energy stored in the cutting but that's just a guess.

    Bookmark   August 19, 2012 at 8:21PM
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I have considered that the cuttings might not have adequate energy since the ones I am talking about have shed their original leaves. I'm thinking that if I put my cuttings outside in full sun, the brighter light will force them to put out new shoots. I mean, if they already have roots, then maybe they can take full sun or at least something much brighter than my window.


    Bookmark   August 19, 2012 at 10:44PM
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seil zone 6b MI

I do all my cuttings outside in full sun. It does take a long time for them to start to grow once they have roots. You have to be patient.

    Bookmark   August 21, 2012 at 6:42PM
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You don't keep them in the bags do you when they are outside. I imagine that would cook them, right??


    Bookmark   August 21, 2012 at 8:16PM
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