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Oct 9, 2019 2:23 PM CST
Poulsbo, WA
I have a lovely Cecil Brunner Climbing Rosebush. I have made several unsuccessful attempts to create new plants from cuttings. I have tried hardwood & softwood cuttings with rooting hormone placed in a mixture of peat moss & vermiculite and both type of cuttings placed in water. What am I doing wrong?
I live in Poulsbo, WA. Zone 8
Oct 9, 2019 2:49 PM CST
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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I have been successful starting roses with winter prunings. Cut the stems into 6 - 8 inch pieces, peel off any leaves and stick the entire stem (except for the top two leaf nodes) in the ground where you want it to grow. Put a canning jar over the cutting and revisit it in the spring.
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Oct 10, 2019 1:16 PM CST
Poulsbo, WA

Thank you! I can't wait to see my rosebush next Spring! ;-)

Oct 10, 2019 4:04 PM CST
SW Ohio River Valley (Zone 6b)
I have found peat moss to be far to water retentive. And vermiculite would only enhance that. It would be better to use perlite instead of vermiculite but I have excellent results with plain old wood chips. I have read chicken grit or coarse sand and pine bark fines AKA soil conditioner are also excellent. Having said that, I've also had quite good luck just sticking them in the ground next to the mother plant as long as they are shaded and watered. They do not root as quickly for me this way and what roots I do get aren't thick as those I put in pots. However, it's very easy and practically foolproof. I agree that winter cuttings or very early spring cuttings will follow the natural cycle of growth. Good luck and keep us informed. There is nothing quite like the excitement of growing cuttings. I've gotten carried away this year as I have about 75 varieties going!
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Oct 10, 2019 8:45 PM CST
Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
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I use clear plastic cups, with a hole in the bottom for drainage, and seed starter soil. I usually do any cuttings in the spring so they go right outside in the sun. I have done Daisy's method once and it worked! I broke a cane by accident and was so upset I just stuck it in the ground next to the rose and forgot about it. The next spring I had a whole new rose!
Oct 11, 2019 11:18 AM CST
Name: SoCal
Orange County (Zone 10a)
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I'm planning to propagate Eden Climber for my sister's yard.
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Oct 11, 2019 12:28 PM CST
Name: Carol
Alberta, Canada (Zone 3b)
I scrape the outer layer off the stem so that the inner layer is exposed from the bottom up to and around the first set of leaves..which I take off. I also wait until after that particular cane has flowered and the flower has faded and then I cut it off and cut down to the next set of leaves. All of my cuttings do well. Also, I water it really, really well...and then I cut the bottom off of a juice contaier and stick that in the pot. The lid stays on until after about a month...and then I take the lid off.
Oct 11, 2019 12:44 PM CST
SW Ohio River Valley (Zone 6b)
I scrape down the sides, but like your method Carol. It's similar to how I plan to air-propagate. Where do you keep yours?
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Oct 11, 2019 12:45 PM CST
Poulsbo, WA
WOW! Thanks everyone. I am so excited to try all your ideas. Keep you posted.
Oct 11, 2019 11:43 PM CST
Name: Carol
Alberta, Canada (Zone 3b)
Vaporvac - I've got one on my windowsill, because my balance isn't good enough to take it downstairs to my gro rack...I keep forgetting to ask my husband. But that's where I want it. It's a Lee Valley purchase. I also think it's very important to scrape back to the bottom set of leaves or a natural V in the cane...cause that's where all of the roots come from.

Poulsbo - good luck! Smiling
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Oct 19, 2019 10:13 AM CST

Here are some detailed instructions on rose propagation from my rose trading web site:

Hope that helps
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