Potting up Newly Rooted Roses from Air Layering. Air layering is a faster way to get bigger roses than cuttings and it is just as fun!
A couple weeks ago I shared my post on How to Air Layer Roses to propagate them and how easy it was. I had many ask me how to sever and pot up the rose once I felt it had a good root system. I am now ready to share that. Here you go, Potting up Newly Rooted Roses!
I started with checking to see how big of a root mass the rose had grown. Open up your bottle and check. See all those roots! This one is ready to be severed from the mother plant and potted up on its own.
I have to tell on myself here, the soil or coir wrapped around the cane was rather dry. I was amazed since in much hotter weather it had stayed moist with little watering. All I can assume is since it now had roots that it was really drinking up the water and I was not paying close enough attention to it.
So learn from me, once you know it has roots really keep on top of keeping it moist. The top of the bottle is easy enough to pour water into.
2. Separate from mother rose.
Now using sharp and clean pruners cut the newly rooted cane from the mother plant. I chose about an inch BELOW the root mass.
Why did I emphasis below? Because reading in some garden forums some folks have actually cut above it for some reason. I just wanted to make sure you knew the right spot to cut.
I have a small bucket of lukewarm water nearby that I plunk the root mass into. I want the new rose to be very well hydrated before planting it into the pot.
Look at that fabulous root mass. This rose is going to take off in no time and be a wonderful addition to my garden. I have yet to decide where I want to place it so for now I am going to plant it in a pot and baby it over the winter.
4. Pot it up
I want it to get a great start so I am going to use a good quality organic potting soil. I fill the bottom of the pot with the potting soil and place my rose in, making sure the roots will all be well covered by soil. The pot size is relative, use what you have, and what the rose needs to fill out a good root system.
Water the now potted rose well, get that soil well hydrated.
I want to give these pots below a try, they are supposed to work very well and they air prune the roots as they fill the pot so you don’t have the matting and wrapping around inside the pot issues. They come in different sizes.
I have some on order now and may move the rose to one when they come in.
5. Baby it over winter.
Now I have a lovely grand size climbing rose to add to my garden. I am trying to get an arbor made for part of my Secret Garden and this may very well be the rose that graces it. As much as I love starting roses from cuttings, this method gives me a much larger plant faster and has been just as easy for me.
Note: I started this process on July 15th. I separated and potted it up on September 25th. It was ready by the Sept. 15th but I did not have time to get to potting it up. I had checked it for roots back in mid August so it had developed roots then. I wanted to give it more time to develop a much bigger root system before cutting it from the mother plant so I waited an additional month. Total time for it to develop a good root system was 8 weeks from the start.
I will be sure to report back in Spring and share how my new roses is doing.
Also you can plant this directly into your garden. I potted mine since the spot I think I want it is not ready yet.
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