How to Root Rose Bush Clippings


Rose bushes are one of the most popular landscape items, as they come in a variety of sizes and colors and grace your yard with a fragrant aroma as well as beauty. Rose bushes can be expensive, especially if you want several of them. If you already have one growing, or your friend or neighbor has one you admire, take a clipping from the rose bush and start a new bush. Clip the rose bush in late fall, and take a 6- to 8-inch piece of a healthy branch that recently bloomed. Once you have your clipping, the next step is to root it.

Step 1

Purchase a container of rooting hormone from a nursery or lawn and garden center.

Step 2

Fill a gallon-size plastic zipper type bag with enough soil to cover the bottom half of the clipping. Moisten the soil well, but do not wet it so much that there is excess water sitting in the bottom.

Step 3

Put some rooting hormone in a styrofoam cup, then peel any leaves off the lower half of the clipping, and dip the entire bottom half of the clipping into the rooting hormone.

Step 4

Take a pencil and insert it 2 to 3 inches into the soil in the plastic bag. Insert the clipping down into the pencil hole, and then squeeze the dirt around the bottom of the root clipping.

Step 5

Seal the plastic bag so that it creates a greenhouse environment around the rose cutting. The advantage of the plastic bag is that you will be able to see the progress of the roots as they grow from the clipping.

Step 6

Place the bag in bright light, but not direct sunlight. Make sure the soil stays moist while you are rooting the clippings.

Step 7

Open the baggie once the clippings have rooted and the stems begin to grow upward. It can take two to three months for the clippings to root.

Step 8

Get the cutting used to outdoor weather by planting it in a pot with a good potting soil mix, and setting the pot outside during the day, in the shade or a cool location. Once the rose has adjusted to outdoor temperatures and moisture levels, you can plant it in its new location.

Tips and Warnings

  • Moisture levels must be kept constant during the rooting process. If the bag is too soggy or too dry, it can stall your efforts or rot the clipping. Never clip a rose bush you don't own without permission.

Things You'll Need

  • Rose clippings
  • Rooting hormone
  • Potting soil
  • Gallon-size plastic zipper bags


  • Hortus USA: Rooting Hormones
  • Texas A&M University Extension: Rose Propagation From Cuttings
Keywords: rooting rose clippings, root rose cuttings, rose bush clippings

About this Author

A freelance writer for more than 12 years, Traci Vandermark has written extensively on health and fitness topics. She is a student of health, fitness and nutrition at the International Institute Of Holistic Healing, certified by the American Association of Nutritional Consultants. Her articles have appeared in Catskill Country Magazine, The Lookout Magazine, Capper's, Birds and Blooms and Country Discoveries, to name a few.