Easy Air Layering to Propagate Roses Faster Than Cuttings

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We all love roses and propagating them is not only fun but easy as can be. Air Layering is a way to get bigger roses faster than with cuttings. If I can do this so can you!
Complete list of supplies for this is on the blog but basically you need an empty plastic water bottle, potting medium, rooting hormone, ties, sharp knife, aluminum foil.

And of course a healthy rose plant.
Slit open the plastic bottle and fill with your moisture retentive potting medium. I prefer coconut coir mixed with some potting soil or finished compost.
Scrape outer green layer from your rose cane. Choose one that is disease free and growing like mad. (for more info see blog post linked)

Doing this during the active growing season is the fastest way to get the best results.
Treat scraped area with rooting hormone then wrap plastic bottle filled with soil around make sure it is snug. I used pantyhose strips to tie mine up. Some use zip ties or even duct tape.

Wrap with foil to keep from getting too hot.
A few weeks later you should see roots. I wrapped this one back up and let the roots grow longer and stronger which took another 4 weeks.

I will share later how I cut this from the mother plant and pot it up.
More roses for everyone.

Too see how I potted it up go here...http://www.hometalk.com/diy/grow/roses/potting-up-your-newly-rooted-rose-22721006
Suggested materials:
  • Empty water bottle   (recycle)
  • Rooting hormone   (garden supply)
  • Old panty hose   (recycle)
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Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
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  • Lilian Lilian on Oct 08, 2016
    Can you use this method year round?

  • Bonnie Bonnie on Oct 25, 2016
    What is the best paint to use on rocks that are kept outside all year long?

  • Chr4253387 Chr4253387 on Mar 14, 2017
    Is it ok if the stem has roses growing on it or must it be a shoot without flowers?

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