Question: I have a rose that I’d like to give to friends. How do I root the cuttings?

Answer: First, it may not be legal for you to do that. If it’s a new variety that is still protected by plant patents, it can only be propagated by licensed growers. With that disclaimer out of the way, choose vigorous shoots in the 4- to 6-inch range. Use loose, highly organic potting soil and dip the cuttings in rooting hormone powder. Keep them moist and in bright light, preferably sunlight, until they form roots. Pot them into 1-gallon containers and grow them for part or all of one season before you set them into the garden. Late winter is a great time to start the cuttings if you have a greenhouse or coldframe.

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