A burrito question

frances_in_nj(z6 NJ)December 1, 2013

Hi - I have a possibly dumb question about burrito method cuttings. I took a bunch 2 weeks ago, and some have formed nice callouses, but no roots. Would it be best to pot these up now, or should I leave them in their wrappings for another week in the hopes that they'll form roots before potting them up? I have read all the threads I could find on this method, but am unsure on this point.


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Kippy(SoCal zone 10. Sunset Zone 24)

Hopefully Kim will add, but just so you get a quick answer, I would try and pot and see what happens. My attempt at burrito got me good callouses but no actual white roots, however most still took once planted.

What I understood from his demo on the 21st was that if nothing happened in 2 weeks, that more time was not going to make a difference because the cane would have used up its stored energy by the two weeks.

Here is a link that might be useful: Roseseek on Burrito

    Bookmark   December 1, 2013 at 11:23AM
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frances_in_nj(z6 NJ)

Thanks so much, Kippy, this was just the kind of information I was hoping for! Its really useful to know that the 2 week period is the amount of time during which the cane has enough stored energy. I guess that suggests that the ones that have not calloused probably won't; but since with them I really have nothing to lose, I guess I'll just leave them for a while longer, just in case.

    Bookmark   December 1, 2013 at 2:18PM
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Thanks, Kippy. Hi Frances! I just removed a wrap after two weeks which hadn't callused, either. I planted all ten of the cuttings anyway as some MAY root. I had no control over their condition as they were sent to me by a friend out of state. I'd had a few callus in late October into November I used for a demo, then the next batch didn't. I'm waiting until next month (late January) before I take any more to wrap as that has been when they've been most productive here. Kim

    Bookmark   December 12, 2013 at 1:59AM
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I've tried the Burrito method twice and both times the cutting became black and slimy in spite of getting all the excess moiture out of the newspaper.. I think I must stick to the baggie method of rooting roses.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2014 at 9:05AM
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Trying to be patient until the end of the month is hard. I am excited to try it this year.

I am going to leave the roses I want to try and root unpruned and prune all the rest this month. Does that sound right to all of you?

    Bookmark   January 3, 2014 at 1:16PM
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That should be OK, Kitty (hopefully!). I had callusing success back in November for a demo I did. The next month, they didn't work either for the demo that month, nor for the cuttings I received from a friend. I wrapped many from my own garden this week and plan on doing more from a friend's garden in the next week or so. Each year (and rose) is different, so it just takes experimentation. If you want to wrap some now to test the success, you might find you CAN do it now (or not). I wouldn't put all of them in right now in case something isn't right, but if this batch calluses in the two week period, it should be safe to do the rest once you've seen they're working. Good luck! Kim

    Bookmark   January 3, 2014 at 2:36PM
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Wow! I tried this method and it works. All of my cuttings callused and after potted, they started to leaf out. This is amazing! I am so excited. Thank you so much!

    Bookmark   January 24, 2014 at 4:01PM
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Congratulations! I'm glad you found the right combination of variables for your conditions! Easy and fun, isn't it? Kim

    Bookmark   January 24, 2014 at 4:08PM
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I'd feared it had been too warm with our lack of any real "winter" for the wraps to callus, but they've produced like troupers. Then, I worried with low humidity, brilliant sun, no rain and days in the seventies to mid eighties, the planted cuttings would fail. Nope! Several have roots at the soil ball bottoms after two weeks planted. The only batch which hasn't callused as hoped has been Pink Clouds (wrapped for root stock), but all the others are producing better than expected, including VI Fortuniana. There are three new blog posts with photos and explanations at the link below. Kim

Here is a link that might be useful: 2014 Burrito Method results to date

    Bookmark   January 30, 2014 at 11:46PM
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