The Q&A Archives: cloning roses

Question: How do you clone roses? I have a rose bush that I would like to keep around. the bush is about 10 years old, it has a beauty large pinkish purple color that smells likd fruisa. what is the best way to clone it?

Answer: Most hybrid roses are grafted onto vigorous root stock so while you can take cuttings of your rose bush, they will be on their own roots and may not be as winter hardy as your current rose. With that it mind, here are the steps to take to root cuttings:

Choose healthy leafy canes that are not too tough and about the diameter of a pencil. Using asharp knife, cut off the soft tip of the cane and then cut it into 4-5 inch pieces. Each piece should have at least 2 nodes and some leaves. Strip off the bottom leaves exposing a node and plant the cuttings in moist soil and keep them in bright shade and high humidity. You can use containers covered with plastic bags, or set them in the ground in the shade and cover them with plastic jugs. You might try both methods. Take as many cuttings as you can to ensure success. Good luck.

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