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Rose cuttings - potting on and buds

LG_LG_ gardens in SE LondonPosts: 2,610

Hello.

I took my first ever cuttings - of a climbing rose - last autumn and am delighted to say that I have 4 lovely healthy looking plants now (of 6).

I have two questions:

1. Is it time to pot them on? I thought I had to wait a full year, but they're getting quite big and I think they might appreciate a pot each (3 of the 4 are for my siblings, so they're not going in the ground yet). But is it too soon?

2. They are developing a flower bud each. Should I be removing them?

'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
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  • LG_LG_ gardens in SE LondonPosts: 2,610

    Or am I overthinking this?

    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 14,215

    Disturbing them now will probably damage the roots. I wouldn't pot them on until they go dormant.

    Remove any flowers this year to help them. Have they actually got roots yet? My cuttings I took in winter have no roots yet, even though the tops are growing.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • LG_LG_ gardens in SE LondonPosts: 2,610

    I haven't dared look for fear of disturbing them! I hadn't realised until I read some other threads on the subject that it was possible for them to grow without roots. They started growing almost immediately, slowed down over winter  (it was so mild I don't think they actually stopped) but have now put on about 6 more inches and are quite bushy. 

    I'll take off the buds as you suggest and leave them be. I'm in no hurry, was just concerned that they didn't have much room and are growing pretty strenuously at the moment (there are 3 cuttings - 1 dead, 2 alive) to a pot).

    Thank you.

    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
  • Bonsai-MarcBonsai-Marc Posts: 444

    i moved one that rooted in spring and looks now dead

    also clipped another back after rooted and died, so seems best to leave them for a full season before do anything

    so ill have to try again in autumn. wasted another year on obtaining many cuttings from 6 different coloured bushes i have

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 14,215

    I think they are better just pushed into a slit trench, or where you want them, and then forget about them for a year or so.

    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • Bonsai-MarcBonsai-Marc Posts: 444

    yeah where i had one was getting overgrown so needed to move it

    next time ill pot them all and leave

  • LG_LG_ gardens in SE LondonPosts: 2,610

    The consensus seems to be 'leave them', so I will - thanks (and remove the buds).

    Didn't have a bit of garden that wouldn't be disturbed at the point when I did them last year, so pots were necessary.

    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.'
    - Cicero
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