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Propagating with rooter pots.

I bought 5 Rooter Pots from Lee Valley Tools. I used on five roses and I got 4 new very nice bushes.

This year I bought 15 more and planned to do at least two rounds with the 15 pots. I ended up having some very serious medical problems that had me in the hospital for so much of the time that I was unable to use them until the Fall.

I put all fifteen on my roses and intentionally put them on some roses that are notoriously hard to propagate like Lucille Ball, Beloved, etc.

After eight weeks I ended up with all fifteen pots setting very good rootballs and thus excellent new rose plants. They all varied from 3 1/2′ tall to the shortest at 1′ tall. As of this time, 5 weeks later, all fifteen are thriving and I think are going to make excellent new plants.

I used to propagate by misting cuttings. I only had fair success at very best and of course you end up with a 6″-8″ new plant that seem to take forever to grow up. With these new plants started with the Rooter Pots, I end up with such larger new plants that have tons of healthy foliage that I cannot justify ever doing my cuttings with the misting system again. The Rooter Pots are so easy to set-up and do and you don’t have to watch over them like a hawk all the time like you have to do with the misting system. You just put on the pots and make sure they don’t go totally dry by simply adding water to the pot reservoir. There are adhexive labels that you put around the pot when it is placed, and you simply peel it back from the container which is clear plastic. You can easily see if the rootball is growing and how large it is.

The manufacturers suggest 8 weeks but I found out quickly that is just an average. I had an Autumn Splendor that was ready to cut after only about four weeks. I was reticent to take it off the plant that early so waited and I actually waited too long and it almost ended up killing the new rootball, but I got it out in time and it is doing fine. Of courst on other side, there were some that I should have left on the bush another week or so. Their rootballs were smallish but have turned out to be just big enough that they are doing well.

This is one of those things that you just have to try and experiment a bit with it and figure out what works out best for you and each individual rose.

Immediately after cutting the bushes off and potting them up, I started watering them with Superthrive at only 50% of the recommended amount of the fertilizer. It certainly didn’t hurt them as they are all still doing quite well, and I think it is actually helping them.

One thing to remember is that the size of the resulting plant all depends on where you place the Rooter Pot on the cane. The lower on the cane, the bigger the new bush will start out. Keep in consideration that the rootball while mostly of very good size are still baby. You don’t want a new bush with such a big topside that the new baby roots can’t keep up with it.

Moderation is essential in everything we do!!

Lastly, the cost of the Rooter Pots is not that expensive. I bought mine from Lee Valley for about $15 for 5 pots. There are some other sites offering them and one is a tiny bit cheaper but I had already placed my order. I don’t remember the others, but do a search engine uner “Rooter Pot” and it will come back showing you where they can be purchased.

Try these if you like propagating roses and I think you will be happy with the results.

I bought 5 Rooter Pots from Lee Valley Tools. I used on five roses and I got 4 new very nice bushes. This year I bought 15 more and planned to do at least two rounds with the 15 pots. I ended up having some very serious medical problems that had me in the hospital for so much of the time that I was…

The Rooter Pot

AA640 – Rooter Pots, set of 5

After the roots have developed, cut the branch under the pot to remove from the mother plant.

Remove the rooter pot and transplant.

New plant produced using a rooter pot.

New plant produced using a rooter pot.

Description

This product is a dream come true for many gardeners. In just 8 weeks you can produce a brand new plant of a size that would take 3 years from seed or a cutting. We tested it and it performs flawlessly.

It works on an old system of propagation called air layering. With the traditional air layering system you use a black plastic bag to hold moss around a wounded stem. New roots would develop where the stem was wounded. However, that system is awkward to install, doesn’t hold extra moisture, and is difficult to add water to or inspect the root progress.

The rooter pot system addresses all those problems and makes it amazingly easy to clone big plants in a short time. Just choose a branch on a mother plant that you would like to clone (maximum 5/8″ in diameter). Next, wound the branch by removing a strip of bark all around the stem and then put rooting hormone on the wound (our root stimulator is ideal for this). Attach the rooter pot to the stem over the wound and fill the reservoir in the base with water. Now pack the interior of the pot with moist, soilless (peat-based) potting medium. Put the top on and cover the outside of the translucent pot with the dark stick-on label. (The label is necessary to keep sunlight off the roots. It is also a place to record the start date.) Every week or two, add a bit of water to the pot if necessary.

After 8 weeks (additional time required for colder climates), inspect the roots by peeling the label back a bit. If the roots have developed, cut the branch just under the pot to remove the newly rooted plant from the mother plant. Now you can remove the rooter pot and transplant it to a container or directly into the soil.

It couldn’t be easier, and the pots are reusable. Full instructions are included.

Offered as a set of five pots with lids and 15 labels. Each pot is 3″ in diameter and 4″ deep. Made in Spain, this item is a winner of numerous international innovation awards. More important, it will save you money and make your gardening easier.

The Rooter Pot AA640 – Rooter Pots, set of 5 After the roots have developed, cut the branch under the pot to remove from the mother plant. Remove the rooter pot and transplant. New plant ]]>