That title sounds really bad, but don't despair. I am attempting propagating roses- again! I try year after year to multiply my roses, but I never succeed. I have bought rooting compounds, made tea from willow branches, soaked clippings in gravel, and a combination of the before mentioned methods.
All I get are pricked fingers and dead rose stems, but this year I hope will be different. My neighbor, Betty, has taken me under her wing and introduced me to another method of rooting roses. She was very successful taking clippings and getting them to grow when she lived near Denver. I am hoping that she still has the knack and her green thumb.
Here is what we did:
- We chose new shoots with at least three sections branching off. I trimmed a lot of the green leaves and buds so the plant can focus it's energy on rooting.
- We cut them with a sharp knife. Immediately, we "peeled" off a bit of the bark and cut slits into the base.
- We put the cuttings into the ground.
- Quickly we covered them with an old glass jar. I dug around in the recycling bin and found some spaghetti and pickle jars.
- Finally, we watered the ground around our cuttings. Hopefully in a few weeks, I will be able to tell if our attempt was successful.