A First

For the first time ever, I got a rose cutting to root. I have a self-watering pot that I call the “Magic Pot” and periodically stick cuttings into it. Some cuttings do exceptionally well and require work and maneuvering to dig them out, but I have never gotten a rose cutting to propagate. The rose is Rose Cramoisi Superieur, a double-cupped blossom and a true China that is nearly everblooming in a warm climate. I have posted photos of it in the past. It was mislabeled and turned out to be a climbing rose, but has been very robust and a great bloomer.

I don’t know if I chose the right time of year or a good cutting, as not only did it root, but it also made a bloom. The rose has since been repotted and moved near the mother plant. Fingers crossed that it will continue to grow.

19 Comments on “A First”

  1. shoreacres says:

    Congratulations! It certainly is a pretty thing. Since I’ve never rooted a thing, I’m curious — how long did the process take?

    • It depends on the plant. Some plants, like many houseplants can root in water. Plants can be tacked to the ground to root. And then there is air layering, which a bag of dirt is tied on a stem. I tend to stick my outdoor plants into soil and keep them wet. Not every plant can be rooted. Rooting is also a way to make passalong plants. Gardening for me is half science experiment.

  2. yay! well done. That rose looks amazingly free of black spot!

  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Congrats! I, too, wonder if there is a better time of year for taking cuttings. My results are spotty with spring cuttings seemingly better.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Excellent! I have never rooted a rose cutting before. I would love to grow a rose or two but unfortunately those pesky deer prevent that. So glad it worked for you!

  5. What an impressive and overachieving plant! May it thrive.

  6. Tina says:

    Fingers crossed, indeed! It’s a pretty one, too! Congrats!

  7. Cathy says:

    Well done! I have never tried that.

  8. susurrus says:

    Well done! It is not as easy as people would have us believe.

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