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I could cry...rose help please

Penny_ForthemPenny_Forthem Posts: 306
edited April 2022 in Plants
Our sweet Springer died a week ago of renal failure, so in her memory, we bought a potted floribunda rose, 'our special girl'.
While I was doing some gardening today, one (or more) of our other b***** springers 'pruned' it (I suspect the one with dementia).

It will grow back, I know, but can I take cuttings of the bits she's destructively  wrecked?

I wanted to weep when I saw it, a far cry from the healthy rose delivered only a few days ago.

Any advice please (apart from keep dog away from roses)?


  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601
    That's very upsetting. I am sorry to hear about your dog and your rose. The rose may well recover in time, depending on how far it was pruned, the cuttings are more doubtful, but it costs nothing to try. How long are the pieces you have saved?
  • pansyfacepansyface Posts: 21,886
    Oh lord, there’s a message in there somewhere...😕

    If the broken bits are not soft new growth, but are last year’s growth and more mature, good. If any of the bits have a “heel” of the stem that they were growing from, even better.

    My most successful cuttings are those that I bung straight into the soil in a place that is not too hot and dry. It is also a place that I will remember about and not go and dig around in.

    Leave the cutting for at least a year. Don’t be tempted, if it begins to show signs of growth, to dig it up before then.

    Good luck.
    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
    If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
  • WonkyWombleWonkyWomble Posts: 4,429
    This is the best time of year for rose cuttings to take. Hard wood certainly.  Whenever I prune I stick bits I've cut off in the corner of the garden pushed in nice and deep and a good portion of them take successfully. I'm so sorry for the loss of your dog.
  • UffUff Posts: 3,199
    I'm so sorry to hear about your dog @Penny_Forthem
    I agree with the others, I just shove cuttings in and usually they grow so have a go and you might be pleasantly surprised. Best of luck.
    SW SCOTLAND but born in Derbyshire
  • Arthur1Arthur1 Posts: 538
    Rose cuttings of last years wood often root well and roses happily grow on their own roots even though commercial producers bud them.
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 8,426
    Penny,sorry to hear your news. My hubby just uses the prunings pushes them in a spare bit of ground right down near our veg plot,we forget about them,and they're all rooted and growing, give them a good year
    Its clay soil, often Waterlogged in winter North facing,they have never been fed.
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