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I do rose CUTTINGS  as described on YouTube but no success. Keep  dying.  Help 


  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 1,439

    Roses are really easy from cuttings.  Take them  now and leave outside in a sandy next.  Almost guaranteed  to root by next spring.

    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,645

    I left behind a garden full of treasures last September and took cuttings of several different roses - pencil size stems plunged round the edges of terracotta pots filled with good planting compost mixed with bit of grit and perlite then watered and covered with a hotel shower cap.

    Kept them cool and light all winter but no full sun and only one pot failed completely one of two whose labelling faded so I have no idea now which failed and what is the mystery survivor.   Some, like Queen of Sweden are already flowering despite being small.

    The other classic method is to take the cuttings, trim the top and bottom ends and remove all but one pair of leaves then stick the stems in a slit trench made with your spade and with some grit or sharp sand in the bottom.  Put in the cuttings, buried deeply and water well then firm the soil back round them.  Leave over winter and when new growth starts next spring, dig up and pot up and treat well till big enough to be planted out.

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • RedwingRedwing Posts: 1,439
    Pauline 7 says:

    Redwing. Is that a typo? What is a sandy next?image

    See original post

     Predictive text! Sorry, I meant a sandy mix of soil.

    Obelisks instructions are excellent.

    Last edited: 10 September 2017 22:19:01

    Based in Sussex, I garden to encourage as many birds to my garden as possible.
  • The success rate can be relatively low for rose cuttings. Take as many as you have room for and then at least a few should survive. Most likely reason for failing is too wet and they rot off, hence the sandy mix recommended by Redwing works best. I have found they do take a long time though, maybe a year. If leaving then through the summer keep in the shade so they don't dry out completely. I'm sure you'll get some to take sooner or later :) 

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