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<Sky>
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posted February 22, 2004 09:10 AM           Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I need to know how to get a cutting and when to do it. All I know is that you are supposed to cut above a bud. How far above a bud? I was hoping to get a cutting this spring, but I read somewhere that you should get a cutting only in the late summer/early fall. Is this correct? Oh, and how do you get it to root?

Also, can anyone tell me anything about splicing cuttings together or know of a website that discusses it in detail? I am a beginner and splicing is probably far beyond me, but I am curious.


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posted March 03, 2004 08:12 AM           Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The method for rooting cuttings is quite simple and has a good success rate. In late summer or early autumn, select a healthy cane of approximately one to two feet in length and cut it off just above an outward facing bud. Remove all leaves and twigs. You can also carefully remove all the thorns to make handling easier. Cut the remaining cane into lengths of 6 to 9 pieces with the bottom of each piece being as close to a leaf node as possible. For miniature roses you will only need 2”to 4”inch cuttings.

At this point, you may wish to use a rooting hormone. You can either use one commercially available or you can make your own by chopping up willow twigs and soaking them in a bucket of water overnight. If you use willow water, then dip the ends of the cutting in the water and let sit overnight.

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