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Rose Cuttings In Pots

Hello everyone. I took some Rose cuttings last autumn which have been sitting in my cold frame ever since. How long do they usually take to root? When should I be looking to pot them on? I’m new to taking cuttings so any advice is greatly appreciated.


  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,915

    i don’t know about other people, but I have found that if a cutting looks as if it has taken the best thing to do is to leave it alone for a year or so.

    Giving it a little poke, or an inquisitive tug, or worst of all digging it up to see how it’s getting on, always kills it stone dead.

    At least it does for me.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,709
    Unless roots are coming out of the bottom of the pot, I would leave it. It will probably be ready to transplant next autumn.  In my experience, they take about a year. Keep it watered and out of direct sunlight.
  • I agree with @pansyface and @fidgetbones 👍 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Thanks so much for the advice I’ll leave them and see how we go but they’re not looking too healthy so I’m not hopeful ☹️ They’ve been fine until this week. 😢

  • This is them.
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,709
    I would expect the leaves to die off. You can trim them off if you want.  One is showing signs of die back, but may shoot from ground level.  I generally expect two out of three to make it.
  • Thank you so much its reassuring to know that they’re not all a total lost cause! This is the first time I’ve ever taken cuttings so I really appreciate all the advice. 
  • Thanks! I came on to ask the same question. I have four healthy cuttings in pots so I'll follow the advice and leave till Autumn.
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