Propagate Roses from a Bouquet


Hey, good evening, it’s Jason from Fraser Valley rose farm. I’ll respond tonight to a question I had from a viewer about the differences between taking a cutting from your landscape or from the roses I have in my greenhouse behind me here ones that I take regularly for my business here and the kind that you would take from a Bouquet Rose is the kind that you would find in a flower shop and the answer is there isn’t a lot of technical difference I would take both at the semi hardwood stage these ones by necessity because the flower is in bloom That’s basically just the stage that the stems are going to be in: they’re firm, but not too firm yet They’re ready for a cutting these ones here in my landscape. I choose at exactly the same stage either Just before or just after the Roses bloom I check and see how firm the wood is here And if it’s semi hardwood, that’s a good stage to take cuttings. So There isn’t a lot of difference between them. There are a couple of key disadvantages to taking cuttings of Stem roses of bouquet roses over taking ones from your landscape and I’ll go over those towards the end of the video But from a practical point of view of taking the cuttings, it isn’t a lot of difference except for one thing The main thing is that when I take this stem from the landscape I can choose Everything about it I can look around on the shrub and I can have a look at the stems and I can see exactly What stage of growth that’s in so some of when you look at the where you’re taking a cutting on these? I always take a cutting Below a node and I’ll show you a close-up of a node here. I take one below a node and I take one Above a leaf node. So this is basically one of my cuttings here, but I can look at the condition of the buds that are coming out here and again, I’ll show you a close-up of this but if the bud on this one here is Kind of flat to the stem or just rounded bump kind of greenish That’s a good stage to take the cutting in and if it’s like this one here where the bud is kind of elongated and already expressing and sticking out That’s not as good and I’ll explain the reason here is because when you take this two things have to happen to this cutting I’m just going to trim some leaves off here because you don’t need that many leaves for a cutting But two things have to happen it has to root and it has to shoot and it has to happen in that order Basically, if you develop the shoots up here like this one is starting to if you develop the the shoots first Then the roots are supposed to come later. It will actually just die in the meantime So by the time it starts shooting you actually have to have some roots developing So on these ones, you don’t always get that choice on this one Actually, the bud is nice and flat, but if it were sticking out You wouldn’t get much of a choice over that the second thing is again choosing these in the landscape I can take a little bit of care to make sure I have the right stage of wood here That it isn’t too soft. It isn’t too brittle on this one this stem as I pull it – there you go. It’s Thick but it was grown very soft by the grower So that there is actually not a suitable stage for cutting if I took a bat you’d find that cutting that you’d find It’s soft and white and pithy on the inside. It’s just spongy. That’s not gonna make a good cutting so Being able to choose on the rose the right Spot to take your cutting is the great advantage of taking cuttings from ones in your landscape But it still can be done from these if you get a chance to select the stems in the store So this one here is nowhere near as soft as the other one I just showed you so I actually could probably get a good cutting from this and to take a cutting I’m looking for a spot on the rose these top ones here these top sort of semi leaves They’re not they’re not really full true leaves. I’m looking for a set of leaves These ones here if I cut way up there I’m not I haven’t had good success that way before so I’m gonna cut just above this leaf here and Then I’ll cut below this node here and This isn’t a good semi hardwood stage for cuttings. Once again, I mentioned that I don’t like to leave a ton of leaves on for the next step but the next step is to dip In This case rooting hormone do knock off as much powder as you can Do you just you just have to have just a light light coating and then place the rose into The pot the pot is filled with just a sterile rooting media You can use Pro mix or sunshine mix or one of the peat base mixes. I’m just using a composted wood fiber product here. So That’s nice and sterile and I’ll just side by side just to repeat the process here Do one of the cuttings from the landscape here again above a node the leaf node where the leaf comes out of the stem at the bottom below a node You’re really looking for enough space below that node. It might be a quarter inch might be, you know, three millimeters something like that so just barely below that node a Quick dip and Into the pot like that now this here when you’re trying to get it to root and semi hardwood cuttings will root at this stage in about three weeks or so three three to four weeks is Usually when I can pull on them and I find out that they’ve started to root to the bottom or sort of to at least Callus and start to develop young roots into the bottom of that pot In the meantime, you have to make sure these don’t dry out you’re not watering to water the soil media you’re using a mist and I’m not gonna mist with this, but you could mist by hand What this is is this is my my tool cleaner So to make sure I’m you working with a nice clean tool I use this disinfectant between cuts Which I wanted to mention as well. So this here you can place that in in my case I have automated mist on my benches but you can place it in a bit of a shady place someplace where it is going to dry out too quickly and mist it regularly yourself or You can place it under a humidity tent. I personally don’t prefer the humidity tent methods it’s resulted in in in more rot and less successful rooting So I usually like to have the open air and a regular mist on it now I mentioned that there are a couple of disadvantages to using bouquet stems and aside from the fact that you just can’t choose the stage of your stem the way you’d like to because again, They’re grown soft. They’re grown elsewhere So you really can’t tell until you get your hands on them if they have the right Firmness to make a semi hard wood cutting the second thing is that because it came from a bouquet in many cases you won’t know what variety of that is and Not knowing the variety is a disadvantage because all you know about this plant now is just the flower now, don’t get me wrong Knowing that it has a nice flower is a good start But it doesn’t tell you anything about the plant’s growth habit doesn’t tell you how healthy it isn’t foliage What size the plant is how it will grow in your garden and that’s important information to know also not knowing the variety name leaves you in a position where you actually don’t know if you have the legal right to Propagate from this plant, so I certainly wouldn’t sell anything without a name and even propagating myself I hesitate to try propagating a plant that I don’t know the name of because I don’t actually have a legal right it could be a plant that’s under patent protection and I don’t want to go ahead and and earn myself a bad reputation by cutting other people’s plants without it being Through the patent period or having the legal right to do so, so that’s my notes on propagating from Bouquet stems if you have any questions on propagation at all, I made a whole other video on semi hardwood cuttings Which you can refer to but I’m happy to take questions below this one here. Thank you so much for watching

23 thoughts on “Propagate Roses from a Bouquet

  1. Thank you soo much. This video has taught me what happened. A while ago, I had received a beautiful bouquet for a very special occasion and I cut 2 if the stems and and stuck them in a garden pot with another plant and both of them grew. I had no idea how to care for them. Your channel has been very helpful. Both plants have been transplanted to larger pots and are now about 3' tall. I hope to continue to learn about these beautiful plants and keep them healthy.

  2. I thought you had to graft roses on to root stock like a tree to help with diseases, or was that just because I live in FL and have a lot of plant diseases?

  3. To repeat the comments below ; Thank you for concise and "jargon free" advice. It's good to know that this video is actually from an expert, so can trust the advice and pointers given. Please keep making them. 🙂

  4. Great video !! If you put arose from a bouquet in a vase with water and you start seeing new leaves but no roots, can it grow? Is it too late? After watching your video ,maybe it is.

  5. Hi. Thank you for your video. Now i KNOW why my bouquet roses never bloom. They always put on leaves then die! Would it help at all to gently remove the leaf buds giving the roots more chance to grow? I haven't found any in a bouquet yet that i could get to root. I usually have good success with my garden roses however.
    I love your red and white rose you used for demonstration!!! I've been looking for some to root. Lol
    Thanks again.

  6. Okay. I have watched your videos. Lots of them. I have one stem of a bouquet rose. It is sitting in water that has a bubbler. It is growing leaves and all. However, I don't see any callus, yet. I understand that the new roots will grow out of the nodes on the bottom of the stem. I was told to get my rose out of the grow lights and put it somewhere dark, so that the roots grow. What do I do? Should I take it out of the water/bubbler jar and put it in sterile soil to root? I'm shooting before rooting! AGH!!!

  7. Have always hated receiving flowers because I have to throw them out at one point or the other. Thankyou for this informational video. Now a good gift can be more than just a fading memory 😃.

  8. It’s rare to find semi-hard stem from bouquet as usually it is soft, i guess it’s a way from producers to stop consumers from propagating…

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