> Have had 0% success taking and growing hardwood and softwood cuttings.
> Read somewhere that they can be taken at any time of the year, but I
> make it work.
> I plant the cuttings in general potting compost after dipping them in
> Roota. The cut ends just seem to rot.
> Any tips ??
I have been trying different techniques to propagate rose bushes from
cuttings for several years. If possible, I find it best to air layer the
stems before cutting them from the bush. With roots already on the
cutting, you are almost assured it will survive. If it is not possible to
air layer the stems, I find that high humidity helps tremendously with
cuttings. Put the potted cutting in an old aquarium, covered by some clear
container, or make some type of mini-greenhouse. I used old scraps of wood
to build a frame which I covered with clear plastic sheeting.