Rooting Rose Bush Cuttings - Knowledgebase Question

Tompkinsville, KY
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Question by garnet1
March 28, 1999
Could you please explain using 'root hormone' to start stem cuttings from rose bushes?

Answer from NGA
March 28, 1999
Rooting Hormone is simply pre-packaged growth hormone that encourages cuttings to develop roots. You can start rose cuttings in the following way: choose 'ripe' stems that have had some bloom and are pencil size in diameter with 3 or more 'nodes' (where leaves join the stems). Remove all but the top 2 leaves with a razor blade and make 3 shallow verticle cuts just through the bark on the lower part of each cutting. Dip in water and then in rooting hormone, shaking off the excess. Plant in moistened peat moss or perlite, place 3 sticks on opposite edges of the container and drape plastic wrap over the top to make a rooting chamber. It will take 3-6 weeks for rooting to begin. Keep the container in the shade and repot after new growth shows and your cuttings have developed substantial root systems.

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