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What next for rose cuttings

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 14:09

Hi I have successfully grown 3 rose cuttings from stems which were taken last July from a 40 year old rose tree. I got them through a British winter !

They have been potted on from yogurt pots into slightly bugger pots and they are growing fine. They have lots of leaves and a couple of thorns but all three are just 1 big long stem about 12 " tall and have a good root system,

I have bought some bigger containers to put them in now the summer is on its way, but want to know should I be pinching the tips out to encourage them to grow bushier, of leave them to find their own way. I am so proud that I have saved something from my late mums rose tree and would hate to do something wrong at this stage after all my hard work and TLC. Grateful thanks in advance xx

What to do now roses have rooted

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 08:28

Not sure hun, I am new to all this and am just pleased that 3 out of my 7 have survived winter. I am so scared of upsetting them and doing something to cause them to die. They are all getting little thorns on the stems, I feel like a proud parent whos kiddie has got its first tooth lol.....If yours are budding for a second year you must be doing something right.  Mine have also decided to put out long stems and their roots are now just showing through the bigger pots. I will pot them on at the end of April and try to harden them off day by day, then leave them out all summer and hope for the best but by then I will hopefully know a bit more about how to care for them. You can try taking 1 pot to a local garden center and asking for their advice

What to do now roses have rooted

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 21:12

Well done to you too ! I will do as Dave suggests, and just let them get established this season, I am amazed  I have managed to get them to root, having being told in the past how much faffing about rose propagation involves....heat pads and feeds and specialist things, so to have my 3 growing merrily with only the basics is a real buzz. I dont even know the name of this rose, whether its a bush or tree or what. I know it climbed about 50 foot up a wall and we were forever having to lash it to the old brickwork. Mam never had a garden, just a tiny area given up for plants in her back yard. The rose grew in a little soily area 6 foot by about 3 foot and although me mam has gone its nice that her roes might live on

What to do now roses have rooted

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 17:31

Wow thanks for the swift reply When you say prune by half after planting, do you mean as soon as the hole is fille din round the plant and how much shall I prune back? This is one of the plants,sorry I dont know how to turn the pic round xx


What to do now roses have rooted

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 12:17

Hi - last year 2014 I took 7 cuttings in June from an already bloomed 40 year old climbing rose. I have never took cuttings before. The parent rose was my mams and she died the year before so these cuttings are very precious to me. 4 of them died but 3 survived. I scraped some green skin off, dipped them in rooting powder and pushed them into some soil in yogurt pots. Just before xmas I saw they were rooting well so put them into bigger pots. They were left in a little potting shed with glass roof. Now they are well established, and have lots of lush foliage but I am not sure what to do with them now. They are about 7" tall and have not been fed or had anything special in the pot, just soil. They will want to go outside soon, but I feel like a mum who is sending her kiddies off to school for the first time. Any advice on how / where / when to move them into their permanent pots would be appreciated. I am so scared I do something silly and kill them as they are a lovely reminder of my mam.

Is my acer no more?

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 16:03

I have these cotton wool things on my acer too. Its like white candy floss ) cotton candy ) some of the leaves shrivelled and went crispy but I put that down to its spring all the leaves have come back so I repotted it and noticed the wooly stuff. I wiped it away with a soft toothbrush but its all back again so I am off out to spray it with pest killer

Hebe Help!!

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 16:06


I am no gardener, I inherited my Hebe last autumn along with a lot of my late mums shrubs. It was never potted on, it was never ever fed and only got watered when it rained. It was left in a shaded corner for years....I can remember using it for a goal post back in about 1970 so its well over 40 years old now. When I got it home I it was very leggy, and tatty. I had not a clue what I was doing so I just pruned everything off....put it in a better pot with some compost and left it outside over the winter. Now it has grown back, there are loads of branches and its lush with foliage. The purple flowers are just about to break open.

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