Thursday, March 29, 2018

How to Root a Rose Cutting

Springtime is  finally here to North Texas and now that the danger of hard freezes is over we can finally get outside and
do a little more gardening!

Today I'm sharing how to create a new rose by rooting
from a cutting...

Both of these roses are Ducher roses.

Last week while I was down at Magnolia Market in their garden
I saw several garden employees working and I had some
questions about a particular rose bush.
The woman I spoke with was trimming back plants said she believed it was called a Ducher rose ~ a creamy white rose that I realized later looked a lot like two of my old climbing rose with the monster 14' canes ~ *Cécile Brunner and New Dawn.

The blooms are the identical size and shape and it didn't dawn
on me until later last weekend that that's why I was so drawn
to this new-to-me Ducher rose.

 An iPhone 7 photo taken at Magnolia Market at the Silos' gardens.

This Ducher rose is an *antique china rose which has small 2-3" blooms on its stems ~ and since the gardner was cutting
she told me about it and gave me two clippings!
{One I shared with an employee at a resale shop in Waco.}

Toting it home in a glass Coke bottle filled with bottled water
I was excited to have something special from Chip and Joanna Gaines' beautiful market gardens.

After enjoying the rose spray all weekend I pulled out my pruners on Monday morning and got busy clipping and saving the blooms.
From there I stripped off the rest of the leaves and little branches
hopefully creating four future rose plants.

Supplies needed

pot(s) for planting/rooting
loamy potting mix
good potting soil
pruning shears
rooting medium

How to root cuttings

Cut sections of a new green growing rose cane (or branch).

Strip all flowers, leaves and dead branchlets off and
cut to at least 5" lengths.

Leave several bud unions on the cutting ~ these will become
the new branches and from these will create the little roots.

Recut the tip of the bottom section a little and dip or put 
immediately into water.
*Rose cuttings' ends close quickly with sap so they must be put into water quickly or
recut once taken inside to put in a vase or to use for rooting.

Prepare your soil ~ a mix of well draining loam and potting soil.

Poke holes in the soil mixture with either a pencil or your finger.

Take your cutting out of the water (or recut and wet just before)
and dip in the rooting medium.

Place gently several inches down into the holes.
Tamp the dirt mixture around the branches to root.

Holler like my husband's grandfather used to do,
"Grow, dammit, grow!"
{Okay, you don't really have to do that, but whatever helps!}

Water lightly and keep the soil moist.

How to check the for rooting

In about 3 weeks or so, pull gently on each cutting and
see if it "feels snug."  If it does then the new plant
is rooting.

Wait for new shoots and leaves to emerge before
gently transplanting to separate smaller pots.
{I put all four of mine in one large pot for now;
they are spaced equidistant apart.}

Roses release a chemical that will kill off other roses in a pot
{which is why when you plant a new rose in an old roses'
spot in the garden you have to first remove all the old soil
or it won't do well or will just die.}

Taken with my iphone at Magnolia Market gardens.

*In a really nice article found on Wikipedia, the Cécile Brunner and Ducher roses created by Joseph Pernet-Ducher, French rosarian and hybridizer, are of the same lineage.  Cécile Brünner was bred by Marie Veuve Ducher, his wife and her family's rose growing business, and introduced by Messieur Pernet-Ducher in 1881.  Although, in another Wikipedia article it states that Jean Claude Pernet bred Cécile Brünner, but it was within the family.  Joseph
Pernet added his wife's last name to his as a way of identifying "his association with the two rose growing entities."  Joseph was the most famous of the family.

Joseph was a "third generation rosarian" and his father, Jean Claude Pernet, called "Pernet pere" or "Pernet's father," bred some roses you may know: Baroness de Rothschild (1868) and Prince Napolean (1864) among others.  His father, Claude Pernet, began the rose nursery in 1845 but there are no known roses that he bred.

As far as I can find, the Ducher rose is a china rose (an old rose originated in China and which has small rose blooms and repeat flowers) but is in a class of roses called the Pernetiana, a subclass of hybrid tea roses.  Ducher may not be specifically the name of this rose but is now sold this way, thus identifying that M. Pernet-Ducher created it or that it was created in his memory (like the Souvenir de Georges Pernet, for one of two sons killed in WWI).  It comes in a variety of colors.  I could not find this rose's actual name although it may be a descendant of Soleil d'Or.  Another nice article is by Hedgerow Rose called Types of Roses.

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