: Someone mentioned that commercial rose growere perhaps bud onto field
: grown rootstock that are propagated by hardwood cutting. I may not be
: remembering this correctly, but if that is true, how does one start
: roses from wood that is is older?
Rosa multiflora will root easily from cuttings, including hardwood
cuttings. Some roses with a great deal of multiflora in the background
will do the same. Don't bother trying to root hardwood cuttings of HTs
and other modern roses in your climate.
: Also when attempting to root softwood cuttings, the expression "strip
: off the lower two sets of leaves" was used. Am I assuming that one
: cuts these off, rather than ripping.
If you cut the leaves off you will leave behind a stub that will invite
fungus, which may rot into the cutting itself. Better to pull the leaves
off in a downward motion.
: Also does anyone know if keeping
: cuttings that one has collected in a cooler or refrigerator will in
: any way inhibit their growth?
This is done with wood for budding all the time. You can also hold leafy
cuttings for a few days this way before sticking them, but it is better
to stick them as soon as possible.
Cathy in MA z/5