I had decided to do this entry (before I flaked out) about some roses that I had propogated from cuttings and planned to plant once the heat of summer broke. They had been potted up and waiting along with my order of Carlin's Rhythm and Dragon's Blood. They have since been planted and are getting established before the winter comes. They were Belinda's Dream, Popcorn, Abraham Darby, Graham Thomas, and Flower Carpet Red. I planted some here at the house and some at the the Prague Rose Garden.
That was then. Today I took advantage of a 77 degree day to put 32 cuttings into a propagation bed I keep. It doesn't work for everybody but I have had good success planting cuttings in the Fall in a simple bed. I will take cuttings in the Fall, dip them in a rooting hormone, and put them into a recently turned over flower bed. Over the winter some of them will root and be ready to transplant in the Spring. After they have been transplanted, I will take Spring cuttings and restock the bed. I can't say my percentages are fabulous, but if even a third of them take I will have 10 new plants. It really takes very little work over the winter. I just make sure the bed stays moist and does not dry out. I will add some compost or mulch on top of what you see pictured here.
My cuttings for the Fall (as always) come from some very different roses: Red Cascade, F.J. Grootendorst, Sir Thomas Lipton, The Fairy, Popcorn, Maggie, Robin Hood, Golden Celebration, Evelyn, & Tradescant (from the healthy part of my plant that is being taken over by Rose Rosette Disease). I don't ever label my cuttings so Angie has a good laugh at me months later when I am guessing about what rose is what. Some are obvious while others are more difficult and you can only be sure once they flower. It keeps it interesting.
I didn't get all of last Spring's cuttings transplanted. The bed still has two Lavender Lassie's, one Heritage and one Ballerina. They all have locations picked out for next year but I just didn't get around to transplanting them this Fall. Too much to do. Next Spring they will go out to their new homes with the Fall cuttings, just a little bigger.