How To Grow Roses From Cuttings
Although many think growing roses from cuttings is hard, it really isn’t. It does take time and patience, but it pays off in the end. If you have a favorite rose bush, you can be assured there can be cuttings taken and new plants started.
What you will need:
· Good soil or growing medium
· Pots - smaller ones are best for cuttings and can be plastic or clay.
· Anti-desiccant - Can be found in the gardening section of the larger stores or at your local nursery. A well known one is Wilt Pruf.
· Gardening gloves
· Heating mats to go under plant pots
Cuttings can be grown from any type of rose plant, whether they are the small hybrid teas or the huge hardy shrub you love. If you have a favorite one, cuttings can be taken and grown with success.
Understanding when your rose bush is at the right age to take cuttings will help you immensely. And keep in mind it is always better to take the cuttings in the morning when the rose plant seems to be less stressed.
The best way to get cuttings is by performing the following trick. Grasp a stem of the plant in your hand being careful of the thorns. Now, with your thumb, push forward on one of the thorns with a bit of force. If the thorn bent forward but then came back towards you then it is still too young or green. Although the cutting from this branch may root, it may feel like it is taking forever and many do not have the patience when doing this. Find another stem, do the same thing pushing forward on the thorn and if the thorn pops right off it is perfect. This is the type of stem you want to take cuttings from. Gather as many cuttings as you would like to begin with.Continued on the next page