Moss Rose Propagation Methods
The moss rose is an easy-to-grow plant that can grow to around 8 inches high. They make excellent rock garden plants, are great for edging or as groundcover. Moss rose produces a variety of different colored flowers, from red and pink to white and yellow blooms, during the early summer.
Propogating the Moss Rose
Moss roses are typically grown from seed and can be sown straight into the flower bed of your choice. Moss rose plants typically like a full sun, with dry conditions. Seeds can be gathered from adult moss roses through pollination, or they can be purchased from garden centers or online. If the seed has been taken from other plants, you may wish to plant them over the winter then grow them indoors.
Step 1 - Sowing
Sow the rose in neat rows, around 6 inches between each seed. Cover with 1/4 inch of soil.
Step 2 - Watering
Water often during the growing. Thin down once seeds are fully grown, if necessary.
Step 3 - Pot Growing
If you wish to grow the moss rose to seedlings in a pot, then this is possible by planting the seeds into small pots known as propagators. Keeping these wet will help to encourage the plant to grow. Once shoots appear, plant the propagator into a pot then cover with soil.
Step 4 - Transplanting
Once the seedlings are grown to 2 to 3 inches tall, take them out of the pot and place them into the soil 12 to 24 inches apart. Allow the soil to become dry before watering; remove blooms from the plant after they are finished to encourage further flowering.
When purchasing seedlings, look for bright, fresh flowers and green shoots with plenty of buds; spent flowers and graying shoots are a sign that the seedling is not well-rooted.
Grow from Cuttings
Once the moss rose is established, it is possible to take cuttings from adult plants in order to grow more of the roses.
- Take cuttings from freshly budded parts of the moss rose, and then place into either propagating pots, or into small jam jars and ceramic pots.
- Leave these in sunshine and water regularly.
- Fertilize at least once a week until the cutting produces new shoots or flowers (remove any blooms while the cutting is growing).
Once the cutting has produced roots, it can be placed into the ground like a seedling, and will grow from there.
Another way to grow a moss rose from a cutting is through the art of grafting. This involves taking a cutting in the same way as described above, and then transplanting it into a root taken from the adult rose. By cutting into the root bark, and inserting the cutting into this space, the cutting has access to food and water before it has grown any roots of its own. Grafting encourages the moss rose cutting to grow roots, but also ensures that it lives long enough to produce those roots and grow strong.
However you choose to grow your moss rose, the importance of watering and fertilizing regularly cannot be emphasised enough. However, ensure that you do not over-water these plants, keep them fairly dry.