>Rooting Rose Cuttings

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I am taking a stab at rooting cuttings from our Don Juan Climber. This is the technique I am using from an article by Patsy Williams of Houston, Tx as it appeared in the American Rose Magazine – September 1993:

  1. Poke a hole in the ground with a stick.
  2. Remove excess moisture from the cutting.
  3. Dip the cutting in rooting hormone, and shake off any excess.
  4. Place the cutting in the hold, and firm the dirt around it.
  5. Water in.
  6. Remove the bottom of a 2-liter clear plastic soft drink bottle, gently press it into the ground down over the cutting, and then replace the cap.
  7. Water lightly everyday, leaving the bottle in place.

This is my cutting 4-4-09

In about 6 to 7 weeks, the bottle should be filled with new foliage. At this point, remove the cap. After 2-4 days, the bottle can be removed. This is best done late in the evening. After removing the bottle, water again to settle the soil. After another 2 weeks, the rooted cutting can be moved again, if required.

As the cutting grows, remove any twiggy, non-productive growth, this will give rise to a stronger plant.

Wish me luck!

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Christopher R. VanCleave – America’s Favorite Rose Gardener Nicknamed "The Redneck Rosarian”, Chris VanCleave is passionate about gardening and growing roses. He is an active member of the Birmingham chapter of the American Rose Society, serving two terms as President. In 2007, he created the Rose Chat Podcast which has reached over a half a million listeners with news and information on growing on growing the world’s most beloved flower, the rose. He was a contributor to the 2015 Southern Living Gardening Book, has appeared on P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home television show and was featured in the June 2015 issue of Southern Living Magazine. Locally, Chris serves as Chairman of the Helena Alabama Beautification Board where he has spearheaded efforts to create a sustainable landscape in one of the top one hundred places to live in the United States. His writing is seen at About.com and on his popular website; RedneckRosarian.com, where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening. An agent of change with over 20 years’ experience in process innovation, Mr. VanCleave is leading the charge to reinvigorate horticultural societies and helping them to reach their full potential in the social media age.
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2 Responses to >Rooting Rose Cuttings

  1. SDawson says:

    >I am an experienced gardener but new to roses. Your blog has good information and pictures. I was wondering if your rooting technique was successful. Thank you.

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  2. >This particular cutting did not root, but I have had success with it on other cuttings. I seem to have the best luck late in the year. Sept – Oct time frame. Good luck!

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