Rose Bush Propagation - Knowledgebase Question

Mission Viejo, CA
Question by jayjhoulihan
December 7, 1997
Can cuttings be taken from roses, and if so, how?


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Answer from NGA
December 7, 1997

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Yes, cuttings can be taken from your favorite roses and will become duplicates of the parent plant. Start by cutting "ripe" stems (young wood that has just dropped its blooms). The ideal cutting will be 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 make 3 shallow vertical cuts on the lower part of each cutting (just through the outer covering but not into the tissue). Dip the cutting in water and then into rooting hormone; shake off the excess, and plant the cuttings into a container filled with moistened peat moss or perlite. Make a rooting chamber by putting 3 sticks near the edges of the container and draping plastic wrap over to keep the humidity level high. Wait 3-6 weeks for rooting to take place and then remove the plastic covering. Keep the plants in shade outdoors and repot after new growth has developed.

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