How to plant roses from cuttings
A rose garden is something many people would like to have. The problem is that to purchase rose plants can be pretty expensive especially if you want some of the more exotic roses. The way to a succesful rose garden is to take cuttings off rose bushes you or your friends already have and plant them to produce more rose bushes. Rose cuttings can be quite finicky and difficult to grow if you don't know the steps to follow. Below I will set out the steps to follow to be succesful at planting roses from cuttings.
Gardening Tools Required
A sharp knife or pruning shears.
To prevent bacteria and diseases spreading between plants always use sterile tools. Wash all your plant containers, water containers and shears in water with two capfuls of bleach mixed in. Allow the tools to dry before using them.
Selecting the cuttings
There are a number of things that one needs to know about rose cuttings if you want to be succesful.
Preparation for Planting
Prepare your pots for planting the cuttings by filling them up with potting soil and watering them well. Ensure that there are holes in the bottom of the pots to allow drainage and that when you water the pots you don't lose soil through the holes. To stop soil loss add a layer of small stones before adding the potting soil.
Preparing the stem before taking a cutting.
Spray the stem with an anti dessicant spray which will help slow down the drying out process. These sprays are obtainable at your local nursery. Once you have sprayed the selected stem allow the spray to dry and then make your cutting in the early morning as the plant is less stressed in the cool of the day.
Before planting your prepared cutting dip the end of the stem into a rooting hormone and then using a pencil or stick make holes in the potting soil up to 10cm deep and place your cutting in the hole. Press the soil down tightly around the cutting without injuring it. Depending on the size of the pot you are using you can place more than one cutting in the pot. The trick however is not to crowd the cuttings. Plant them at least 5cm apart in all directions.
Caring for your new rose cuttings.
Roses need warmth to encourage root growth. There are two ways to keep your roses warm.
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