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Can roses have babies?

Bozeman, MT

I have a single rose bush in a raised perennial bed. I swear it has three babies this spring. Is that possible? I didn't know roses could do that

Richmond, TX

Some roses will sucker from the roots, some will produce fertile seeds in their hips. So, yes, roses can have babies. You are so lucky!

Northern California, United States(Zone 9a)

What do you mean by babies though? Are there 3 separate roses next to the main plant?

Denton, TX(Zone 7a)

Some varieties of roses have what I call 'puppies'. Gallicas and Rugosas and Species do this...but other kinds are probably producing new growth from the root stock.

Elgin, IL(Zone 5a)

My Rose du Rescht has produced two tiny identical plants. I installed it in 2003, and I am thrilled by it. I cut it back hard a couple of years back to rejuvenate it, and that may have been a factor. One of them bloomed this year while less than six inches tall.

Richmond, TX

A bonus! Really neat!

Elgin, IL(Zone 5a)

Love that guy! Bloomed before Mama!

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Bozeman, MT

Hi All -

Yes, Cali Sue, there are three separate new young plants coming up around the rose bush that appear to be baby versions of the same thing. They range from about 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 feet away from the adult bush.

I will take pictures when the hail we got last night melts off. :-( Assuming the babies survived.

It is a Rosa 'Radcon.' I planted it in 2008. Earlier this spring I cut it back hard and this is the first year that I have done that and also the first year that there have been any "babies."

I am so excited to watch them grow!

Richmond, TX

Is it own root or grafted?

Denton, TX(Zone 7a)

That would make a difference..but if the babies are looking identical to the mother plant...

Denton, TX(Zone 7a)

http://www.helpmefind.com/gardening/l.php?l=2.37629.1
Since the rose in question, is Knock Out (or a sport of it) it seems unlikely it would make suckers....could you have left clippings of the rose on the ground, and it rooted? That happens....does the rose produce hips that have seeds in them?

Bozeman, MT

I am not sure one way or the other, but I *think* it's not grafted.

I think that because the plants that I have that I know are grafted seem to have suckers or bottom shoots that look like a different plant.

Whereas these babies look exactly like the parent.

Denton, TX(Zone 7a)

Very strange...

Bozeman, MT

I finally found my camera to take pictures. Unfortunately, we had terrible hail and everything was shredded by hail. But here is what remains.

This is Mama:

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Bozeman, MT

Here is Baby No. 3:

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Bozeman, MT

Baby No. 2.

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Bozeman, MT

Baby No. 1.

This one is growing against a geranium. I tried to put paper behind it to separate them, but I see now it didn't focus right.

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Bozeman, MT

Baby No. 3 again. This time up against white paper. Am I crazy or are these baby roses?

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Northern California, United States(Zone 9a)

If they are 2-3 ft away and haven't bloomed yet, they may not be the same rose. Could it be that there may be some roots remaining from a previous plant in the ground and they are just now coming to the surface?

Bozeman, MT

Hi Calif_Sue,

I moved into the house when it was new in 2008. There was nothing but dirt and rocks and I did all the landscaping after I bought it. So there wouldn't have been anything already there.

I don't recall ever taking any flower cuttings from the main plant at all. The only thing I have ever done is prune it, and this year I pruned it back hard.

The "mom" hasn't bloomed yet this year. It's been a long, cold spring for us this year. :-)

Sarah

Richmond, TX

I feel there is a family resemblance. It will be really interesting to see them all bloom.

Pocono Mountains, PA(Zone 6a)

My Baby Blanket rose made babies - the canes rooted where they touched the ground. I cut them off and put them in a pot. They are thriving.

Bozeman, MT

I am so excited to see them bloom! I will take pics if/when that happens.

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