yup, i also tried the baggie method several times and failed always-
the stems and leaves just got moldy and died.
i filled a 6" terracotta pot with potting soil and approx 1 tblsp of
rose-tone fertilizer, wet it throughly and stuck a 4" stem approx. 1.5"
into the soil. i used a 1/2 gal mason jar and placed the mouth over the
stem and screwed it into the soil.
i then waited about six weeks- all the leaves on the stem fell off in
about twoo weeks- and watered the soil enough to keep it damp but not
soaked- i basically forgot about it for long stretches.:)
the leaflets came out in about two days- monday, i looked and saw a
tiny bud, wedsnesday, leaves.
it was outside on a table the whole time. maybe having more air space
and circulation helped? i'm going to try another one this weekend and
see if i can't have another success before the frost.
You can root roses without the use of a rooting hormone? I thought roses had
to be grafted ? Whats the purpose of the graft? I will have to give it a try
next year (growing season is over).
I use a 2 liter sodapop bottle and cut the borrom off. It then fits nicely
into a 5 inch pot (I think its a 5 inch pot). Leave the top off for some
air movement. I root my cirtrus cuttings in a sterile media such as perlite.
One cutting per pot for air flow reasons. No direct sunlight. I also use
Dip-n-gro rooting hormone.
I've rooted a number of roses without rooting hormone,
mostly ramblers and old garden roses. I think it
probably depends on how likely the rose is to root
itself. Some probably need more help than others.
Re grafting: Old garden roses and miniatures
are grown on their own roots. Many modern
shrub roses are grown on their own roots. More
roses are being offered on their own roots that
previously were offered only as grafted. It's a
recent trend, at least in the USA. I don't
know about elsewhere.
Grafting marries a strong species rose (like
Dr. Huey) to a typically weaker modern rose.
Also in some places (Florida, I believe) the
root stock is necessary to fight nematodes (?)
in the soil. There's a lot of information on
this on the Internet if you're really interested.
You might start with articles on the American
Rose Society web site: www.ars.org
I use the black plastic 1 gal containers you get
at nurseries, fill with plain potting soil (Schultz
Professional Grow Mix, I think it's called), no
cover, water and mist, keep in shade/semi-shade
until leaves appear. Gradually move into sun as
cutting looks more like a plant.
For some reason one OGR (I think it was a
Bourbon) didn't make it at all as cuttings,
whereas another of the same class did fine. :)
near San Antonio TX Zone 8
My green thumb has died. I used to, while triming a rose bush, take the
cuttings and stick them in the ground where I wanted them to live and
I have air-layered them or taken a long branch of the bush , layed it
on the ground without cutting it off the parent, made a slit in the
stem at the point I chose to start the roots and maybe stick a tooth
pick in the slit to hold it open, put some soil over it, set a brick or
rock on it and it would take root. I have done the zip lock bit but not
much luck and they damp off as i fortget to give them air daily. same
way with the mason jar way. Sometime I dip starts in tea and that
seemed to make it want to root better.
Now i start a plant and a week later even paying won't bring it to
I think I have condfused which time of the moon to do this. Probably
doing it at the wrong time of the moon.
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