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Rose Newbie Needs Help

Posted by EricaBraun 9b CA (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 25, 14 at 18:56

I am an extreme newbie when it comes to rose propagation. I do know that most roses are grafted onto different root stock, hence the suckers. What I want to know is if I root a cutting from one of my hybrid roses, will it be a clone of the parent, or something completely different?

Also, regarding rose seeds.. My roses produce seed-filled hips every year. This year one of the seeds apparently took. I have a baby rose plant that sprung up in my yard. What can I expect from a rose grown from seed? Will it revert to something wild, be a clone of it's parent, some sort of hybrid, etc?

Thanks in advance for any info that you can give me.


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RE: Rose Newbie Needs Help

If you root a cutting from the portion of the plant above the graft, then those cuttings should produce own-root plants of the "flowering" portion of the plant. As long as you aren't simply rooting suckers, you should be producing a clone of the overstock, instead of the understock.

Assuming the baby rose plant isn't another sucker -and it obviously isn't if that picture is of the seedling- it will be a unique, hybrid variety that is probably self-pollinated, but could have been pollinated by a different rose via an insect. The likely seed parent is whatever rose is nearest to the seedling, but the pollen parent could be any number of roses if it isn't the seed parent as well. As far as I know, only species (wild) roses produce seeds that are identical or true to the parent.

Jay


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RE: Rose Newbie Needs Help

Thank you so very much, Jay. That was exactly what I wanted to know. Your valuable information is much appreciated.

Erica


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