Air Layering a Rose
An alternative method for propagating roses is the air layering method. It is one of the easiest methods of propagating a rose, and when done well and at the right time, you can get an absolute 100% success rate. Some roses may take a little longer to root, but most will only take between 3 and 8 weeks to root.
The perfect time to air layer a rose in during the spring, just after its first bloom, because this is the time that they are actively growing.
To start, choose a succulent stem from a healthy rose plant that has already borne a flower. This is the perfect indication that the stem is mature enough to root. To speed up the rooting process and encourage vigorous growth, it is a good idea to “pamper” the plant.
1. Choose a healthy, pencil sized stem on a disease free rose bush, ensuring it has already flowered.
2. Remove the leafsets and thorns, and work on the area just below the first five leafsets.
3. Make cuts as shown in the image, approx ¼ inch below the leafnode. Make the cuts only as deep as the bark would go, ¾” – 1” apart. Gently peel the bark off.