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Shoreline, WA
tonygavilanes
May 19, 2021 12:22 PM CST
I have a large bush in my front yard that I would like to use trimmings from to propagate a long stretch of hedge. The new growth looks ready for trimming, but I am a novice and need some guidance on the process.

The bush is a hybrid tea rose (I believe), and I'd like to make ~24 new plants from the cuttings that we can eventually plant into our landscaping.

I need help understanding the best timelines, trimming practices, root hormones, conditions for growth, etc.

Any help is super appreciated!
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Name: Margie
NY (Zone 7a)
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May 19, 2021 8:22 PM CST
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Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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kousa
May 24, 2021 4:48 PM CST
Youtube also has a lot of videos showing various methods of rooting roses.
Name: Seth n Sam .....
W.V. (Zone 6a)
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Weluvroses
May 24, 2021 5:21 PM CST
I have had the best luck rooting cuttings in Coco and soil mix with a dip of rooting hormone powder. Over any other method. And I use small greenhouse I got from Amazon for 25 bucks. To help with the humidity.
Name: Rosemary
Sacramento, CA (Zone 9b)
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reh0622
May 24, 2021 7:27 PM CST
Seth, "Coco" as what's used in hot chocolate? Can you tell us more? Like how much cocoa to soil mix, if that's what you are talking about.
Name: Margie
NY (Zone 7a)
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MargieNY
May 25, 2021 9:40 AM CST
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Name: Rosemary
Sacramento, CA (Zone 9b)
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reh0622
May 25, 2021 3:33 PM CST
Ha, Ha, Margie. That makes a lot more sense...coconut coir, not cocoa for hot chocolate.
Shoreline, WA
tonygavilanes
May 26, 2021 9:27 AM CST
This is all such great info. Thanks everyone!

One last question: we're going to be taking the trimmings from this bush, then hopefully transplanting the original bush to a better spot in our yard.

How long should we wait for the bush to bounce back after taking the trimmings before we uproot and transplant it to another location?

Thanks in advance!



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Name: CARoses
Inland Empire, CA (Zone 9b)
caroses
May 26, 2021 10:21 AM CST
Weluvroses said:I have had the best luck rooting cuttings in Coco and soil mix with a dip of rooting hormone powder. Over any other method. And I use small greenhouse I got from Amazon for 25 bucks. To help with the humidity.


Weluvroses, would you be willing to post the link to the greenhouse? I'd love to see it
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
May 26, 2021 11:22 AM CST
Tony, no need to wait. Plants are often cut back for transplanting.
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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May 26, 2021 11:24 AM CST
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Shoreline, WA
tonygavilanes
May 26, 2021 8:00 PM CST
Awesome porkpal, that's like one fell swoop then in our plan; doing it all at in sequence. Thanks!
Name: aka Annie
WA-rural 8a to (Zone 7b)
Sandsock
May 29, 2021 9:37 AM CST
Since you are in my area, I thought I would tell you about John Lord's (Garden designer) method that works really well for our area. In about Oct/Nov. you cut several 9-12 inch stems that have bloomed out, poke a hole in the ground near the norhtside of the rose.....do nothing until spring, then protect from deer and stepping on it...after about a year, dig and move to new location. So far I have 4 short cuttings living out of 16, but I cut them way to short (6 inch)
Name: Seth n Sam .....
W.V. (Zone 6a)
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Weluvroses
May 31, 2021 11:57 AM CST
reh0622 said:Seth, "Coco" as what's used in hot chocolate? Can you tell us more? Like how much cocoa to soil mix, if that's what you are talking about.


No Coco coir. Its made from the husks of coconuts. It's very thin and airy. But you need to keep up with it. If you use it by itself. Bc it dries quickly. That why I mix potting soil into. Like 3/4 Coco and 1/4 soil. And make sure you use a soil that do any have nutrients in it. Bc you don't want to feed the cuttings. That will cause them to shoot before they root. And you want them to root and then shoot. And keep in mind, it takes several weeks for rose cuttings to root. And it also matters if the rose bush you're taking cuttings from is healthy. You want to take cuttings from a healthy bush. And don't take this year's growth. They will rot. You want semi hardwood cuttings for best success.
PNW (Zone 8b)
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Aerith
May 31, 2021 4:25 PM CST
Sandsock said:Since you are in my area, I thought I would tell you about John Lord's (Garden designer) method that works really well for our area. In about Oct/Nov. you cut several 9-12 inch stems that have bloomed out, poke a hole in the ground near the norhtside of the rose.....do nothing until spring, then protect from deer and stepping on it...after about a year, dig and move to new location. So far I have 4 short cuttings living out of 16, but I cut them way to short (6 inch)


GJ! I use the same way to root some roses too. While pruning roses in early spring or late fall, if the stems have 3+ leave nodes, I may stick them into the ground around the mother plants, near my north-facing fence, or spare room in the pots, and some of them get rooted very well, depending on variety of course.

New Dawn was my first trial three years ago and may be the easiest one to root for me. I got 6 out of 10 alive. Too sad I don't have room for it so I potted them and gave them away. Country Dancer cutted last fall now look promising too. I might get 5 successful cuttings of it. If they can thrive, I'd like to give them away to anyone who is interested. Welcome!

PNW (Zone 8b)
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Aerith
May 31, 2021 4:27 PM CST
Oh, forget to mention that I'm in Seattle.
Shoreline, WA
tonygavilanes
Jun 2, 2021 4:18 PM CST
Fabulous info friends! Thanks for your advice
Name: aka Annie
WA-rural 8a to (Zone 7b)
Sandsock
Jun 3, 2021 2:28 PM CST
Aerith...Country Dancer sounds like she smells divine...how does she do in a vase?

Isn't it fun to get new baby plants and watch them grow!
PNW (Zone 8b)
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Aerith
Jun 3, 2021 6:51 PM CST
Like a proud parent. LOL.
I always leave them on the bush because I'm so bad at flower arrangement. *Blush* My Country Dance has less than 4hrs sun so the flowers can last for one week or more. It has a delicate scent like a mixture of different kind of berries. Just went out to take the pictures.
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Name: aka Annie
WA-rural 8a to (Zone 7b)
Sandsock
Jun 5, 2021 8:05 PM CST
Wow it is pretty! I just said to my husband that I have to get rid of duplicate roses before I get any new ones...he is holding me to it. By the way, what is the name of the pink one with white centers that is to the left of Country Dancer in the picture...I see it in the Home Depot parking lot and it looks wonderful even with all the abuse it gets.

Also...do you have a list of the roses you grow and their disease resistance and ease of growing for you on here? I saw some that you posted in the chat thread and wondered about them.
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