Regional Gardening Reports :: National Gardening Association

Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys

October, 2003
Regional Report

Propagate Roses from Cuttings

Fall is the perfect time to start roses from cuttings. Select blooming wood, remove the top flower and the bottom leaves, allowing a few leaves to remain to support the young plant. Cover cuttings with plastic to prevent moisture loss, and mist them daily. Place the cuttings in a bright location away from direct sunlight. When new growth starts, wait a few weeks before fertilizing with fish emulsion.

Allow Roses to Form Hips

By not cutting the faded flowers off and allowing rose hips to form, you will signal your plants to go dormant for the winter. Roses that are allowed to rest will be stronger plants. Migrating birds may eat the hips as they pass through the area.

Weed Under Rose Plants

Roses need every bit of air circulation they can get to prevent fungus disease. Remove weeds competing for water and nutrients around the roses.

Fertilize Container-Grown Roses

If you are growing roses in containers, it's a good idea to provide them with a continuous diet of fertilizer in the form of a slow-release product, such as Osmocote. A small amount of fertilizer will dissolve each time you water.

Cutting Tips for Roses

A beautiful bouquet of roses will last much longer if you follow a few simple cutting instructions. Cut early in the morning before the dew has dried from the leaves. Immediately plunge the cut stems into a deep bucket filled with hot water! Allow the cut flowers to rest for a few hours, or as long as overnight, before you arrange them in the vase.


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