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Taking rose cuttings

Propagating roses by cuttings is easy, and it brings certain side benefits, says Kris

(1) In an out-of-the-way part of the garden, which gets some shade during the hottest part of the day, dig a trench that has one vertical side. It should be around 6in (15cm) deep; place an inch or two of sharp sand in the bottom.

(2) Choose a stem – about the thickness of a pencil – from the rose you wish to propagate. The wood should be straight (no kinks), ripe (tell by being able to break a thorn off cleanly), and young (from this year’s growth).

(3) The cutting should be about 9in (23cm) long. Cut just below a bud at the base. Then remove the leaves and thorns from the bottom half. You can leave a couple of leaf systems at the top of the cutting if you wish, but I’ve removed mine.

(4) Insert each cutting so that it is two-thirds buried, making sure that its base is well into the sharp sand. Firm the sand around the base, to exclude as much air as possible. Cuttings should be set about 6in (15cm) apart.

(5) Replace soil into the trench and firm it in place; don’t damage the cuttings as you do this. Keep the cuttings watered throughout summer. By November they should have rooted well and be ready for transplanting.

 

Roses in spuds

My allotment neighbour has a row of roses, which he took as cuttings. I asked how he took them. He simply plunges the cuttings into the ground. But his secret of success is the humble potato! Before planting cuttings, he pushes the bottom end into a small potato, which he believes keeps the cuttings moist as they develop  roots. It sounds crazy, but his row of allotment roses is proof it works. Try it, and let us know how you get on.

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3 Comments

  • shelli says:
    7:52 PM on 9th April 2013

    I wonder though, is there any shoots coming up from the potatoes as well? I mean, I would love to have the extra rose bushes, but I’m not too keen on having a field of potatoes. Every spud loving critter in the neighborhood will be digging up my roses! :) Thanks

  • Wendy says:
    11:44 PM on 9th April 2013

    I’m having a Martha (Stewart) moment. Came across this article on Facebook after making two bouquets of roses from my Spring garden. While cutting my stems I noticed one very healthy branch on the ground which must have been broken off recently by an animal of some sort (child or rodent). I left it there since my hands were full of roses. After fixing my bouquets I checked my facebook account and came across this article. I didn’t have a potato, but I did have 3 Japanese Sweet Potatoes. I planted one with the cutting and just put the other two in the oven for tonight!

  • Gorges Smythe says:
    12:41 AM on 10th April 2013

    I wonder if that would work for blackberries and raspberries?

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