Monday, May 11, 2009

How do I cut a stem off a rose bush? to grow in my yard?

my neighbor has a rose bush, a hybrid tea i think. she said i could cut a piece off to grow for myself, but I dont know how. i do know i am suppose to cut it a certain way, but how? and do i just stick it in the ground or try to get it to grow roots first? any tips or advice is much appreciated, thanx.

How do I cut a stem off a rose bush? to grow in my yard?
you need to get some routing compound first, then you want to take a very sharp knife, something that will make a clean cut (NOT SCISSORS) then take the routing compound and dip the end of the branch in it and follow the directions on the routing compound bottle. enjoy
Reply:I've never heard of roses propagating like that, however it turns out you can with a piece of newer growth according to the American Rose Society.

According to the American Rose Society:

The Timing: The best stems for taking softwood cuttings are those which have recently bloomed, but which have not yet started active growth at the new bud eyes along the stem. The bud eyes should, however, be visible and just beginning to swell. When in doubt, it is better to take those with smaller bud eyes, rather than larger. Also, it is best to take the cutting after the bush has been well-watered.

The Stem: Be sure to choose a healthy, disease-free stem. Any remaining bloom parts should be removed from the stem by pruning back to the first 5-leaflet leafset (or 7-leaflet set on those varieties which tend to produce them). Next, count 4 or 5 leafsets down the stem and make the bottom cut on an angle, 1/4" below that leafset. The lower 2 or 3 leafsets should then be stripped from the stem, taking care not to tear the outer layer of the stem. Depending on the size of the remaining foliage, the ending leaflets on the leafsets may also be removed to insure that the foliage is not crowded in the baggie or bottle. The bottom of the stem may then be dipped in rooting hormone (powder or liquid) and planted using one of the following methods.

Thanks you taught me something! :-)
Reply:Cut at a slant keep in water.

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