Roses forum→I'm so excited! I got Quicksand to root, finally!!

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Name: Beth
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Beth_NorCal
Aug 15, 2018 10:42 AM CST
I've been dabbling in "attempting" to root florist roses for several yrs. They are notoriously difficult to root. Especially the ones from South America. Apparently in order for the growers to be able to ship their cut roses into the US, they have to soak the stems in Roundup before shipping in order to stop the budeyes from sprouting during transit. Otherwise, they are apparently considered viable, growing plant material, and therefore subject to quarantine. Sooo... makes it very difficult to root them, and really pretty much impossible.... but not quite. Quite a few yrs ago, I managed to get a lovely apricot VERSILIA to root. But over the yrs, I've not had much luck until last yr and this yr. Last yr I got one GELATO to root. It's a gorgeous coral-pink and pale pink striped rose. Hasn't bloomed yet, but it's getting established and growing nicely. Same for CHERRY BRANDY. Altho, I initially got 3 to root, only 2 remain now. And one had sprouted lovely new growth recently.... but the two little forest rodents apparently managed to find it amongst the other roses and bit off the leaves. I have 2 young does that found my garden a few months ago. Hadn't had deer in the yard for several yrs. These little brats are so tame, I could easily go up and pet them. Not that I would! Anyway, neither of the 2 CBs have bloomed yet, dang it. Hopefully before winter hits they all might give me a sample of their imminent beauties!
The really exciting rose tho is that QUICKSAND! I tried (I think) 3 times last yr to get one out of dozens of stems to root. Nothing. But then, this May I decided to give it one last try. It was Mother's Day weekend, and Safeway always has tons of bouquets. I love their florist dept. The roses they get from (I believe) Ecuador have the names of the roses on the cellophane cone, so it's fun to see what ones they get in. And this yr, they didn't raise the price from the usual $9.99/doz to $12.99, so that was cool too! So anyway I saw they had a few batches of QUICKSAND, and I found one that had a few actual swollen budeyes, so I grabbed it! Potted up 6 each in 2 1gal nursery pots, and put one just out amongst the other potted roses, and one I stuck inside one of those 2gal zip-lock bags. I kept them both moist and misted at least once daily. After about 2months, there was one green stem left in each pot. I wasn't sure they had rooted, until a few days ago on one of them and now this morning on the other one. The one that was uncovered the entire time actually sprouted growth before the one that was babied and kept constantly moist in the baggie for over 2mos. The first one has about 1/2" sprouts and should unfurl as leaflets in the next day or so. The other one had the two budeyes above the soil turning brown, altho the stem was nice and green. But I see this morning that there are two tiny little bright green budeyes popping out just under the brown ones! So, at the risk of jinxing myself, I think it's pretty safe to say that I have 2 rooted QUICKSAND roses... Finally!! And hopefully next yr I will have some wonderful blooms of the most gorgeous, unusual, beigey-greyish-tannish-mauvey-lavender-pink rose! LOL

This is what they should look like:
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The color is actually a good bit more sandy-grey. It really is a very unusual color, and does change as it ages too.
Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Aug 15, 2018 11:56 AM CST
That looks to be well worth the wait and effort. Unusually lovely! Congratulations!!!
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zuzu
Aug 15, 2018 12:30 PM CST

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Good job, Beth! And we already have an entry for Quicksand, so you can now add it to your plant list.

Rose (Rosa 'Quicksand')
Name: Jim
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jim1961
Aug 15, 2018 1:16 PM CST
Congrats!
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Mustbnuts
Aug 15, 2018 3:41 PM CST
Beautiful and congrats!
Name: Carol
Alberta, Canada (Zone 3b)
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Canadian_Rose
Aug 15, 2018 4:29 PM CST
Way to go, Beth!!!! Hurray!

That is so exciting to hear! I had no idea you also had to battle against Round-Up treatments in order to root some florist roses. Wahoo for you!!!

Green Grin!
Carol
Name: Carly Rush
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carlysuko
Aug 16, 2018 12:16 AM CST
Awesome! Great work! You have inspired me to give that a try. I tip my hat to you.
Name: Bonnie
Texas
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RosesnTx
Aug 17, 2018 6:08 PM CST
That's awesome, I know you must be super excited!

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