How do you guys propagate roses from an existing rose?
One video showed cutting long rose stems into 8 or so inch parts then scraping the cane to show the cambium (this is where roots come from) and then wrapping in newspaper and plastic to keep wet for about six weeks in a cool dark place. From the comments, it seemed fungus was the major problem but the guy commented back the they probably just kept it too warm and the fungus grew.
That video seemed the most credible but the other videos I watched showed people using plastic bottles or zip lock bags to create a green house affect and leaving the cuttings in the sun until they root.
I'm a little confused.
Do different cultivars of roses require different propagation methods?
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Haven't really tried, but yesterday I read of a suggestion that I found interesting. You take the cutting of the length you said and put in a potato, you put the potatoes in the bed where you want to get the roses growing cover the potatoes with soil and that should keep the rose with a correct humidity in the ground and give it time to root. Anyone tried this?
I have fairly good luck taking cuttings from a couple old garden rose varieties.
After they have finished blooming, cut fairly fresh pencil size canes (not too new and not the woody stuff)
I wear leather gloves and cut the canes into 8-10 inch chunks, pull the thorns off of the bottom half, cut the remaining leaves in half ( I was told to do this to keep them from loosing too much moisture, not sure it makes sense but I do it anyway ).
I like to start them in a pot with whatever potting soil mix I have...usually compost, some perlite and my garden soil. Poke a hole with a pencil, push the cutting into the hole...I put three or four per pot....
Sometimes I cover with a jar, sometimes plastic, and sometimes nothing. Mold is a problem if it gets too moist but at the same time they shouldn't dry out.
I set the pots on the north side of the house....they don't need sun until they've developed some roots and want to bud out.
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I start all my cutting the same way. Find an old aquarium, any size. Make a box out of scrap wood (I use 1x4s) that is about an inch bigger than the aquarium all the way around. Fill the box with sand and moisten it. Flip your aquarium upside down and put a strip of painter's masking tape all the way around about an inch from the bottom of the aquarium (which is now the top, since the aquarium is upside down). Put three or four stripes of tape along the bottom of the aquarium. Paint the whole aquarium white and then remove the tape. Put your cuttings in the sand, and put the aquarium over the cuttings. Keep the sand damp. So basically, you build a terrarium over the cuttings. The stripes let enough light in that the cuttings grow well and the white paint keeps heat from building up. I've had great results this way. Credit for this goes to Mike McGroaty, I learned it from his site.
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