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Rose Cutting Successful - now what??

kribonkribon Posts: 21

Hi,

I've finally managed to take a cutting of a favourite climbing rose. I rooted it in water over winter and it rooted around February. I then transferred it to a pot of compost where it continued to root and grow. It has always been kept in the conservatory. 

My question is do I need to prune it at all at this stage? It's growing quite prolifically and I'm worried about whether the roots can support all the growth. This week it also put out straight climbing shoots which are going to flower! Should I allow it to flower already? I'm quite amazed at how it's grown. I read that you plant out rose cuttings the following year so I was planning on leaving it in its pot till next spring, but at this rate of growth I'm not sure what to do. It's a climber so not sure if it's going to keep climbing more (it has no support in the pot!). Picture below!

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'm lost!

Thanks

Kris

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  • SweetPea93SweetPea93 Posts: 446

    I'm too new to offer advice, but I'm subscribing to this as I intend to take cuttings this winter too. I'm so impressed at your growth! image

    I do know there's a new thread to ask all your rose related questions to.

    Happy gardening

  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609

    ..well done...it looks really good... if you are certain the plant has a good root system in the pot...i.e. you should be able to see little white roots coming out of the bottom or just poking through...then you should plant it... no need to trim....just get it in the ground while there's plenty of moisture around...

  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    Wow!  That looks brill!

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,568

    You need to get it out of that conservatory asapimage.

  • kribonkribon Posts: 21
    Salino wrote (see)

    ..well done...it looks really good... if you are certain the plant has a good root system in the pot...i.e. you should be able to see little white roots coming out of the bottom or just poking through...then you should plant it... no need to trim....just get it in the ground while there's plenty of moisture around...

    Thanks for your replies. The roots are not yet poking through the bottom of the pot (which is quite deep as it's a commercial rose pot). Before this pot it was in a transparent bottle of compost as i wanted to monitor root growth, they were quite good which is why I then moved it to its current pot. How much longer should I wait for roots to show? If they don't show before the heat kicks in, should I keep it in its pot till next Spring? If so, should I prune it? Feed it? Allow it to flower? It already has two flower buds (very small). I'm also unsure of how much to water it. 

    Thanks for your guidance.

    Kris

  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609

    ...then I would wait until I saw those roots showing through the bottom of the pot...I would anticipate that should be before the end of summer, in which case you would plant it out just like any container bought rose... by Autumn at the very latest I would think, and that's a good time to plant in any case.... certainly no need to wait till Spring...just keep watered...no need to prune...if it flowers...enjoy them...

    ..some soluble feed in the watering can would be nice every couple of weeks or so...

    just a word of warning...some roses grown on their own roots are not as vigorous as those which are grafted...no way of telling with yours until it's been in the ground for a while... but there is a chance it won't grow as big as you might expect or be as floriferous.... with other roses some are better for own root.... just have to wait and see.... do you know the name of it...?   just curious...

  • kribonkribon Posts: 21

    Thanks so much for your replies. That's been so helpful and reassuring. Really appreciate it. I don't know the name of the rose unfortunately. 

    Kris

  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609

    ...just a couple of things I've noticed there...your plant could do with a cane inserted, such as the one you have in the pot to the left... inserting it into the top left hand corner shouldn't do much damage to the root system...and it will be needed to keep the stems straight before it's planted... I also notice that there isn't much compost in that container..several inches below the rim...it could do with a top up...in fact looking at the top growth it's probably almost ready to be planted out...those roots should be growing well in there... definitely needs to be outside...as nutcutlet said earlier..

    ..perhaps you'll post a photo when it's in flower, so we can see what it's like..

  • kribonkribon Posts: 21

    ok thanks very much. One more question if that's ok...when winter comes (it will be in the ground of course) do I prune it back as with other roses, or do I leave it alone given that it is it's first year?

    I will top-up the compost and put it outside in its pot for now. Guess I need to decide whether to cut those two top stems or not!!!

    thanks again.

    Kris

  • SalinoSalino Posts: 1,609

    ...up to you what you do there of course.... I don't fuss over these things and prefer to give plants their heads for the first year or two.... I can always catch up with pruning at a later time when I see how the plant develops... so for  me, no I wouldn't cut anything off until well into next year when I see more of what I've got...at least you won't have to worry about suckers....

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