growing a rose bush from cane clippings
Greetings; My name is john, and I need your help. I have been trying to grow some roses from cuttings from a particular red rose bush and a fire and ice rose bush from cuttings. I am an automotive service technician by trade, so you can imagine the difficulty I am experiencing, I’ve been all over the internet trying to find out how to grow a couple of bushes from cuttings, and have yet to have any success. I have used potting soil, 50/50 potting soil and top soil, I have tried the potato method, I have tried rooting hormone, I have tried the honey and ginger rooting solution, I’ve stripped the canes bare just down to the cane, I’ve left all the leaves on,I left only the top foliage on, I tried leaving them in the shade, partial sun; all I have to show for my “trying” is a bunch of dead rose cane sticks. I have shaved the bottoms of the cut canes about an inch up and split them, I have tried just cutting them at a 45° angle. I am obviously doing something wrong, but can figure it out, I don’t know if I am taking the correct size cane diameters, maybe I am cutting the canes in the wrong place, I just want to be able to grow a rose from 2 particular bushes. I don’t know if I am cutting the cane in the correct place to start a root. I find it difficult to ask for assistance, so I hope I have not embarrassed myself. I don’t want to spend a lot of cash as I am unemployed, and caring for my wife. I have had no horticultural training other than pruning from a Dutch lady, but my heart is in the right place, yes I could purchase a rose bush, but it is important for me to be able to grow a rose from a bush that I planted and give that to my wife. Maybe you could assist, if so, I would be grateful. Sorry, this may be important, we have moved to the UK for a while. We used to live in Arizona. i know you guys are probably quite busy now, so I will continue on until further direction. I am trying and have a good attitude, just not very fortunate. Thanks john
Hi John. I had sent you an email on this a while ago. If you did not get that reply to your question please let me know. Getting some roses to take from cuttings is really not so simple. Even after all my years of rose growing I am still only about 60% successful.