by Tom BKK
Growing Roses From Cuttings Means Free Roses!
Growing roses from cuttings is one way to increase the size of a rose garden without spending extra money. Almost any plant, whether it is a rose or some other houseplant can be grown from a cutting with excellent results. This depends on rather or not the gardener knows how to properly plant, prune and maintain the right environment. It is important to know the right seasons to cut any flowers for propagation. Reproduction of various plants and roses is an art that many people acquire. The process can be difficult for new comers but it becomes simple with diligent practice.
Knowing how to cut rose stems is very important. The gardener should have all of his or her gardening tools on hand, before he or she starts cutting the plant. Start by making cuttings from a strong freshly bloomed cane; make your cut at an angle of 45 degrees. Try to leave a few leaf buds attached farther down the shoot. After cutting the branch, place it in water immediately; it may be best to use a peat pot. Growing roses from cuttings while transporting them to larger pots is great for increasing the size of your garden.
A peat pot is great for starting roses from seeds and is equally good for propagating stems. Soak the peat pot in warm water after it has been filled with potting soil. Thoroughly drain the water from the pot. It is essential to have a good view of the pots bottom to see the roots when they begin to peek through the openings.
As the roots begin to increase in size transfer them to a larger pot. The plant can be transported without removing the roots at all. Take the cutting and gently cut off only a few of the leaves, but leave the bud intact and leave a narrow 1-inch piece of bark at the bottom of the cane, on each side. Growing roses from cuttings that have been properly cared for prior to planting will yield lasting results.
In the center of the peat pot create a small hole. Before inserting the stem, be sure to submerge the bottom of the moist cutting into a hormone rooting powder; then gently place the cutting inside. Each cutting grows differently, because growing roses from cuttings that are cut differently will result in each cutting growing somewhat differently.
There are many methods to consider, when growing roses from cuttings that have been properly stored, and ready for replanting. The techniques that are used for growing roses from cuttings will vary among individuals. Beginner gardeners may use a simpler approach, while a more experienced gardener may eliminate some steps and go straight to the more difficult steps of propagation. Some methods may include making a greenhouse for the cutting, while other methods may include using a plastic baggie, or a mason jar. These methods are to keep the plant moist during reproduction. Whatever method or technique is chosen, the gardener must be comfortable with the choice.