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Hi,

Last June I took some rose cuttings off a 40 yr old rose. I dont know what type of rose it was. I think it set out as bush, but it climbed right up the wall, and spread out all over the brickwork. It was never fed and hardly watered and its original trunk was gnarled and thick so I have done well as a novice to manage to get 3 cuttings to take.

3 of the cuttings survived UK winter and have loads of leaves, nce and green ad no pests as yet, they are each about 18" tall but are all one long stem, there are no branches on any of them. They were put into slightly bigger pots than the yogurt pots the started in, but now they are in danger of toppling over.  I know they need planting into bigger pots but all I seem to be getting is a long thin trunk with leaves and thorns, but no branches and no buds. I followed members advice all last year and its proved right so any further advice is welcomed xxx

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    Sorry I dont know how to turn it round...all 3 are about this height, someone suggested sniping the top off to encourage sprouts lower down but that sounded wrong !  Someone else said if I pot them into something too big they will die of shock.....I gave them all some coffee grounds about 3 weeks ago and got a growth spurt. As you can see the pot is way too small

     

  • LoganLogan Posts: 2,532
    Pot them on to the next size pot and prune them to about half then they will grow side shoots
  • LoganLogan Posts: 2,532
    After July don't feed them because they'll projuce soft growth and won't be good for winter
  • Thanks for that, just one thing,.....how do I prune them, what exactly do I cut off and whereabouts on the plants. xx

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    Sorry I dont know how to turn it round...all 3 are about this height, someone suggested sniping the top off to encourage sprouts lower down but that sounded wrong !  Someone else said if I pot them into something too big they will die of shock.....I gave them all some coffee grounds about 3 weeks ago and got a growth spurt. As you can see the pot is way too small

     

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,825

    Mary, those are great cuttings - or rather they're great plants! image

    If as you say the parent plant behaved like a climber then I'd treat the babies like climbers.  I'd not cut them back but I would pot them on into larger pots, and then next spring they should be ready to go into the ground and begin to be trained on a support of some kind (wall, trellis, pillar, obelisk etc) .  How exciting image

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • The original rose was about 40 years old. It lived in a tiny area of soil which was about 2 ft by 4 ft in her backyard. It was pruned willy nilly each year by whoever could be bothered, and lashed to various nails sticking out of the wall to keep it supported as it grew. After mam died I only had a short to get some cuttings before the house was sold, so these 3  cuttings are very special to me. She always said it was a rose bush, not a rambler or anything, and should never have got that high. I dont have a wall or anything for mine to train / climb up so will have to try restrict their growth so they can live in containers. Mams original rose can be seen here in 2011.....more or less on a level with the flat roof of her kitchen. Thanks to you all for your encouragement and advice.

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 58,825

    Lovely photo image that does look like a climber to me. 

    I think you could grow that in a large tub with an obelisk to wind it around.

    “I am not lost, for I know where I am. But however, where I am may be lost.” Winnie the Pooh







  • yarrow2yarrow2 Posts: 732

    Fabulous result from cuttings - they look so healthy.  Very well done!  I must try some but have never had the courage.  Your mum would be chuffed.

  • Thanks for the obelisk idea, I had not thought of that - I dont have any walls as such  to train them up so would prefer them in pots round the back. The only bit of wall I have is where my mams Acer lives.  I took all her plants when she died as nobody else wanted them. I have a Hebe and some strange silver foliage thing with yellow flowers both in pots, that me and my brother used to use as goal posts in the late 60's. Mam never fed anything and they only got watered if it rained or if someone was passing and could do it or her !

    Yarrow2, just bite the bullet and have a go. I took my advice from a lady on You Tube as her video was easy to follow, in focus etc.....then I found this place. I will keep you all posted on the cuttings xxx

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