Roses forum: Rooting a rose indoors?

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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Feb 13, 2019 9:14 PM CST
I have rooted roses outdoors no problem, but I found a beautiful bouquet rose I want to root but since its winter I can't outside.

How do I root it indoors? I read it will grow in water but water roots are different than soil roots.
Name: seil
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seilMI
Feb 13, 2019 10:44 PM CST
Do exactly what you do for outside cuttings but put it in the sunniest/brightest window you have or under lights if you have them. Keep it moist and wait.
Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Feb 14, 2019 1:33 PM CST
I set up my rose cutting, fingers crossed it takes! It's a special new Rose 'Ivanhoe'

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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Feb 14, 2019 3:04 PM CST
Remove the bloom, create a little greenhouse with a plastic bag or large bottle, water until just moist, remove the bottom saucer and keep it in bright shade.
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Name: Shyam
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Rose_Guy1127
Feb 14, 2019 7:06 PM CST
I am doing a similar thing here as well. I got some cuttings (Julia Child, Princess Anne, Chrysler Imperial, Whisper, Honey Parfum, Darcy Bussell and MEItroni/Francis Meilland), and put them in a gallon pot and under the grow light. A couple of canes have dried/died out, but some are showing signs of new growth. I guess I shouldn't be watering (just a little) every day. Due to the weather, the soil remains moist-wet, so watering every other day or three times per week might be the right thing to do. I couldn't leave the pots outdoor because of heavy rain and wind. Fun first-time experience.

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Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
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seilMI
Feb 16, 2019 4:39 PM CST
Keith, do take off the bloom. It won't root with it on I don't think. You want it to think "grow" not "bloom" and any time you cut a rose cane you stimulate the roses urge to grow.

Shyam, they look good. You need to take your cue for watering from the soil. You want that moist but not soggy wet. I let them dry out until when you stick your finger tip about one inch into the soil before you feel any moisture. Then you can water. That may not be a strict schedule of every 3 days.

Beware, roses store energy in their canes. That new growth may not be an indication of rooting. It may just be the rose pushing new growth using what energy it had stored in the cane.

I like to put each cane in a separate clear plastic cup. That way they each have their own space and I don't have to try to untangle the roots when I pot them up. The clear cups allow me to see when they have formed good roots and are ready to pot up.
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vaporvac
Feb 17, 2019 3:16 PM CST
seil, what do you use for your rooting medium?
Name: Shyam
San Francisco, CA (Zone 10b)
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Rose_Guy1127
Feb 18, 2019 12:19 AM CST
@seilMI: Thank you for pointing out the need for potting up. I had an inkling to do so, but I was/still am hesitant to do so worry that by doing I might prohibit the growth of the cane, worst, I might kill the cane. Here is what I will be doing, please correct me if I am wrong.
I will take out the cane, dip it again in the root hormone powder and pot it separately. Is there anything else I should specifically do?
Name: seil
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seilMI
Feb 18, 2019 10:11 PM CST
Yes, it is always chancy to pot them up. I lose some all the time doing it but it really is necessary. Make sure you prep all your cups first. Poke your drainage hole and fill with pre-moistened SEED STARTER soil, not regular potting soil. It's lighter weight so the roots can grow more easily. Make a fairly large hole in the soil to accommodate the roots of your cutting. Be as gentle as possible getting them out. Don't pull them up because you'll break off the new tender roots. You need to lay the pot on its side and gently remove it from the root ball. Then gently remove each cane off the root ball and pot it up. If they've already got roots there is no need for more hormones. The most important thing is to protect any roots you have at all costs. As I said, there is limited energy stored in the cane and you don't want to waste any of it. If you lose the new roots it may not have the energy left to root again.

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