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Need instructions for winter cutting

Posted by vryan Western WA (My Page) on
Mon, Feb 1, 10 at 12:50

I'm going to be in Eugene, OR, February 25-28, and want to take some cuttings of a beautiful old rose in a neighborhood where I used to live. I have never rooted rose cuttings before, nor have I taken dormant hardwood cuttings, and I'm looking for some specific instructions as to the best way to go about it.

What size and diameter should my cuttings be? Should it be from last year's canes, or from older wood?

How do I pack them to survive 12-24 hours?

When I get them home (Puget Sound area) what is the best way to root them? Indoors? Outdoors? What kind of medium?

I hope somebody can help me out. I used to walk by that rose nearly every day, and I really want to bring it to my new home.

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RE: Need instructions for winter cutting

For the beginner this is probably the easiest way to take cuttings.

Not much equipment is needed, just a clear quart-size glass jar and some cuttings of your rose.

Cut a piece of rose stem about 6 inches long. MOve it to your new home.

Remove the bottom set of leaves, and just stick the stem into the ground (or into a pot) a couple inches deep, and cover with a jar or bottle. You will need to periodically water the soil around the jar, otherwise the rose stem will dry out.

It will take a couple of months for the rose stem to take root and begin leafing out with its new growth.

The best time of year is spring or early fall. If you live in a mild climate, then winter and summer can also be successful for rooting roses. Intense summer heat of 100 degrees is not conducive for taking cuttings, nor are 32 degree or below winters.

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