zuzu said:The last time I left piles of clippings near the flower beds, the bottom clippings took root and started to grow into rose bushes in the middle of the pathways.
Just goes to show that growing roses from cutting is not that difficult, doesn't it?
Is all this fussing with callusing in the fridge, rooting hormone and special potting mixes really necessary? Maybe only if you are trying to root a very rare cutting.
So, if you want to try and root some of your roses just stick a couple of pencil thick clippings directly into the ground while you're pruning - no fussing. Keep them moist and keep pinching the new growth then come fall you should have a couple of new plants. I had about 70% success with mine last year - way to many and actually chucked some out.
Zuzu - how many roses do you have??? 1600 plus some!! Have to do some math here - that means if you do 50 a day you will be busy pruning roses every day for the next 32 days, longer if you don't garden on weekends
If I were you I would get someone in to help! Just remembering how my hand and wrist felt last year and I only have about 180!!