ASK THE CONSULTING ROSARIAN
by John Moe,Master Rosarian
Q – I’m looking ahead to fall pruning, and see
that there are a lot of nice healthy stems that will be pruned,
and was wondering if I couldn’t propagate some of them. If I
can, how do I do it?
A – Yes, you can propagate them. We talk about
making softwood cuttings in the summer, and hardwood cuttings in
the fall. This is a good time to do this.
For a pictorial view in a PowerPoint
presentation, go to the PNW
District website, click on the Rose Culture articles tab and
select "Propagating Hardwood Cuttings."
A process similar to what Grandma did with a
Mason jar, here is a short version of what you will see.
For large roses, take your disease free
cuttings, about pencil length and thickness, leaving the top two
sets of leaves. For minis and minifloras, use proportional
Break off the prickles (thorns) that will
be below ground. Trim the lower end at an angle just below a bud
eye, and wound (scrape) lightly below and opposite that eye.
Dip the stem in a rooting hormone, tap gently to
remove excess, dig a small hole, and insert the cutting so the
bottom leaves are just at or slightly above soil level. Fill in,
and firm in with your hands and water.
Protect with a large plastic soda or milk
bottle. Cut the bottom off and discard the cap. It will get warm
inside the bottle, and you will see the moisture (condensation)
on the inside.
Be patient – leave it alone for a year!
Fertilize lightly and water normally next summer, dig out and
transplant next fall.