Rooting roses from cutting is an easy way to propagate your favorite non-pated roses. Despite their reputation of being finicky, most of the roses are simple to grow and to propagate at the home.
Propagation is nothing but reproducing plants from the cuttings. Unlike seeds, this is an easy process to grow roses and rooted cutting produce replicas of their parent plant.
The best part is you don’t have to be trained rosarian to grow your favorite garden roses.
When To Propagate Roses From Cuttings:
Rooting a stem cutting can be done at any time, but softwood cutting must take from the fresh new growth for successful rooting. Early summer or spring is the best time for softwood cutting and hardwood cutting is more prone to failure.
Make sure to take your cutting from a healthy rose plant. And try to avoid stems that are heavily laden with flowers or buds. Because these roses puts most of its energy into flower production rather than in the development of its root. It’s better to remove the flowers and buds from the cutting.
Working With Roses:
You need sharp cutting tools for cutting roses and make sure to clean the blades and tools on your pruners both before and after cutting to avoid transmission of diseases.
Roses are very susceptible to a variety of fungal diseases. So, while stem cutting, allow the sand or potting medium moist and don’t allow the stem and leaves to be moist.
Materials Needed For Cutting:
- Rose Bush for Cutting
- Rooting Hormone
- Container with Sand
- Plastic bag or Plastic wrap.
Taking Cutting From Rose’s:
Take rose cuttings from the healthy plants during morning hours. Follow these simple steps to grow roses from your cuttings.
- Choose a Stem or stem between withered bloom so that you can get several cuttings from one stem.
- Now, remove the bloom and stem tip and cut it at a 45-degree angle right above the first set of leaves at the top and again above the last set of leaves at the bottom of the stem. They immediately keep them in water after cutting.
- Remove all the leaves except one set at the top of each cutting. It helps the cutting to gauge their progress.
- Use sharp pruners to make a fresh cut on the bottom of the stem just below the stem node. By using pruner slice up into the bottom of the stem by splitting them in to open quarters of ¼ inch.
- Pour a small amount of rooting hormone in a bowl and discard the excess when you are done. Moistens the cutting and dip it into the rooting hormone until covered.
- Plant the cutting in a container filled with 6 inches deep with a mixture of coarse sand or potting mix. Poke a hole in the potting medium, then insert the stem without rubbing the rooting hormone. Gently firm the soil around the stem and water them.
- Take a plastic cover or wrap and cover the stem with it. Just insert a tall stake into the pot that holds the plastic away from the leaves. Because plastic touching the leaves can cause them to remain wet and cause fungal diseases.
- Make sure to keep the soil moist until roots begin to form and you can check the roots by tugging on the stem, if there are resistance roots are probably present.
Then, you can transplant your rooting in the other pot as soon as the roots are firmly established or when you see new leaves sprouted and begin to appear along the stem.