Last year Hubster and I ordered and planted 20 double knock-out rose bushes. They were small 4″ bushes that came in tiny 2″ pots. Most grew two feet in the first year! I immediately wanted to plant 20 more this summer (and 20 more next summer), but we have other projects monopolizing our budget. So I’ve decided to play around with propagating rose bushes.
bush to take cuttings from, hand trowel, water, rooting hormone, glass jar or vase
Step One: Cutting & Planting
Selecting only new growth, pinch a small cutting from a rosebush and try to get a “tail”. Trim any leaves off and immediately put cutting into water. Dip into rooting hormone and stick tail and 1″ of stem into ground.
Step Two: Encouraging New Growth
Cover with glass jar to create mini greenhouses and water every day. This step was really forgiving to me as I was away during a dry hot week and then forgot to water them for a week.
Step Three: Protecting New Growth
Monitor for new growth. If leaves begin to touch glass, you need to uncover it or find a larger one. I am keeping mine under the vases until they are a little larger. I want to keep the delicate new growth away from hungry little bunnies.
Do you have any propagating techniques?