Growing Roses from Cutting

SeanPez(9)October 26, 2011

Hi All,

I went to a friends house today and asked for some cuttings of their beautiful roses. I got about 5 of them, so i came home, cut the bottom in a 45 degree angle, dipped it in water, then in rooting hormone, then i put it in pots. The only thing i am unsure about is, i cut all of the leaves off!!!!

Did i make a mistake?



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Yes I would have left the two top sets of leaves on. If they dont "take" try this next time:

Make a slight "wound" in the stem of the about 8cm cuttings by removing the bark on on one side to about 2cm, dip in rooting hormone and plant in a mixture of river sand and peat moss, damp but not too wet. Plant firmly in a small plastic garden pot, place pot in a freezer bag, put a small stick or two next to the cuttings, and close the bag with a elastic band. Place in dappled shade. Direct sun will cook the cuttings. Leave for about 10 days, check that it does not become too dry, and dribble water onto the soil if the cuttings looks dry and unhappy. 3 weeks later you should see roots coming out of the bottom of the little pot. Now you can transplant it into bigger pots with compost, taking care not to disturb the roots. Place a 2 litre cut in half cool drink bottle over the cuttings and water well. Leave in the shade until the plants are used to the outdoors.
Cuttings from stems that had just finished flowering works well. GOOD LUCK

See more posts on rooting cuttings elsewhere on this forum

    Bookmark   October 27, 2011 at 3:19AM
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seil zone 6b MI

Don't despair, they may root anyway leaves or no. I've done it both ways. I think with leaves does work a little better but have had the bare sticks take too.

There are many ways to do it and Rosynut's is a good method. I don't bag mine though. I keep them outside in a warm place but not too much direct sun that can burn the cane. And be patient. It may take several weeks before you see any signs of growth. As long as the stems stay green and don't shrivel they're still viable. When I do mine now I put them in clear plastic cups (poke a hole in the bottom for drainage) in just regular potting soil so I can see when there is root development without disturbing the plant. Once I see roots on the sides of the cups I transplant the whole thing, soil and all, to a one gallon pot. That way I don't have to disturb those tender new roots at all.

And you'll see on that forum that there are many othe ways to do it too. It's fun, enjoy!

    Bookmark   October 27, 2011 at 10:52AM
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I think the clear plastic cup is a great idea! Is it bad if i go ahead, take the sticks out, wash off the hormone, re-dip it in hormone and plant them in clear plastic cups? Or should i just leave it?

    Bookmark   October 27, 2011 at 11:30AM
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You'll have much better success if you re cut the ends which have the hormone already on them, wash off what's there already and allow them to air dry before dipping them in the hormone again. Rootone type products are anhydrous, they absorb water and become like greasy chicken breading. They can actually cause the cutting to rot because they are goopy when wet. Dipping DRY cuttings in the hormone permits them to pick up just enough without encouraging them to rot. I used to take the extra precaution of blowing off all that would blow off before striking them. It only takes a very light dusting, about what you'd get a day after thoroughly dusting your house. If you switch to the liquids or gels, you'll probably have a significantly greater success rate as they don't grab water and get gummy like the powders can. The liquid begins absorbing in to the tissues and can't rot like powders can. I know Jeri likes the gel and her reasons seem sound. I've just not used it yet, but have had great success with Dip'n Grow liquid. It's easier for me to find on the store shelves here, too. Good luck! Kim

    Bookmark   October 27, 2011 at 3:42PM
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dan_keil_cr Keil(Illinois z5)

I have been rooting cuttings for years. My system: I take the cutting, remove the bloom, strip off the bottom two sets of leaves.Then I take a utility knife and split the stem just below the budeye. Then I use Dip in Grow by placing the prepared cutting in it to soak for a hour. Now I put the cutting directly in the ground in a shady area. I use a dibble stick to poke holes in the ground and place the cutting in till it touches the bottom set of leaves I press the soil around the stem. I then take a plastic jug that I get from a Deli. I cut the bottom off, the top has a removable top on it. I label the jug with the name of the rose and the date started with a grease pencil. I then put the jug over the top of the rose. I take the top off and fill the jar with water and put the lid back on. I water every two weeks. With my system I have 98 percent success rate. I do not sell any roses I start. I have some varieties I have that are no longer available like Carla-Ht OP, Natali MP-flb and Red Planet DR-HT just to name a few.

    Bookmark   November 6, 2011 at 12:39AM
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I got the Dip N Grow! Recut the bottoms of my cuttings, stripped it of the green bark. I made a mixture of 40% perlite, 40% miracle grow seed starting soil (thats what i had left) and i put 20% of my clay soil from the backyard. i placed the cuttings in clear plastic cups, and made holes on the bottom, and the left over root hormone mix i made i put a little in each cup after i had stuck cutting in the hole (hopefully it will penetrate to the bottom).

Did i do okay? Do i have to cover the plants with a plastic bag?



    Bookmark   November 10, 2011 at 2:24PM
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I have much success using both of these methods. I have better results using smaller clippings. Lately I've tried using bigger cuttings because I'm very impatient. Usually i prefer the red new growth because they seem to root quickly(usually 7-14 days) and are less prone to fungus and problematic critters(for me anyway). I hope these links are of help. I'm still somewhat new to this as well. Good luck.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2011 at 2:53PM
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seil zone 6b MI

Those are very long cuttings. You could actually cut those in half and try for more. And fill the cups to the top with soil if you can. Keep them uniformly moist but not soaking wet and never let them dry out completely. There's never any guarantee but worth trying.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2011 at 7:34PM
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i took the cuttings about 2 weeks ago. Is that okay?

    Bookmark   November 11, 2011 at 1:07AM
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They should be fine. Just be patient. Rooting takes some time.

    Bookmark   November 17, 2011 at 8:19PM
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I am new to propagating roses. I have try chipbudding with decent succes, but have not try rooting indoors. I have a workshop(my stained glass studio) that is heated as part of the rest of the house,normally 68 degrees.
Will rootcutting be possible? There are many light fixtures.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2011 at 3:47PM
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Light won't be the problem. Humidity will be. Roses need a ton of humidity to grow. If you can get some kind of misting system that would be best. Otherwise try putting them on a large pan with about an inch of pebbles in the bottom with water about half way up the pebbles. You don't want the pots to be touching the water. That should bring the humidity up around the roses. Never let the soil in the pots get completely dry either but don't keep them soaking wet all the time. Roses are finicky about not having their roots sit in pools of water. So what ever containers you use make sure they have drainage holes. I use clear plastic cups so I can see when they get roots without having to disturb the cuttings.

If you're interested I just posted my method on this thread but I don't do mine inside. I do them outside during my growing season.

Here is a link that might be useful: rooting cuttings

    Bookmark   December 6, 2011 at 8:12PM
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I ordered some rose seeds ( 10 different colors) from China. I planted some of the seeds with MIracle Grow potting soil in biogradable starter pots. It has been ten days but I do not see any seeds sprouting out... Can roses actually grow from seeds ? Thank you for all the help.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2013 at 10:37PM
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TNY78(7a-East TN)

You can grow roses from seeds, but you won't get the variety of the parent plant. It will be a totally new variety! I haven't tried it myself, but there are some great pictures of seedlings some other forum members have grown this season.

My concern is getting the seeds from China. From what I've heard, a lot of the time you aren't actually getting rose seeds, but some other kind of seed. Hopefully this isn't the case for you :(


    Bookmark   April 21, 2013 at 12:35AM
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If you buy rose seeds from e-bay you will likely get something else, too, especially if you buy those blue or rainbow rose seeds.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2013 at 12:18PM
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I got rose seeds from china have my first rose seedling from them sprout ,just noticed it today.
Suppose to be from red roses.
I didn't fall for the rainbow or blue ones.
Just white ,pink, orange,yellow and red.
Figured .99 cent each packet what did I have to lose.

    Bookmark   May 16, 2013 at 3:10PM
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