How to Grow Roses from Broken Branches/Zone 7 - Ga. - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by mcole02
October 10, 2010

I've just transplanted a

Answer from NGA
October 10, 2010
Regular pruning is the key to keeping your tea rose in shape. When the flowers are spent you can prune them off the plant, along with some of the stem. If you prune the stem down to a 5-leaflet leaf, a new flowering stem will emerge. Pruning in this way all summer long will keep your tea rose nice and compact - and full of flowers.

You can propagate a rose from cuttings but you'll need only the top 6 inches of stem for a cutting. You can't plant then entire branch in hopes that it will root. Instead, cut off the top 6" of the broken branch, strip off the lower leaves but leave the upper leaves intact. Dip the cut end in rooting hormone and place it in a container filled with moistened potting soil. Set the pot outdoors in an area protected from direct sunshine and keep the potting soil damp but not too wet. With any luck at all the cuttings will root and become new rose bushes.

Best wishes with your project!

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