How to Start Out a Rose Plant


Growing roses can be either a pleasant pastime or an obsession. With over 100 species and thousands of hybrids and cultivars, those gardeners who cultivate roses have no shortage of plants from which to choose. Whether you have fallen in love with a wild rose or an old garden rose, propagating it from cuttings is an easy way to get more of your favorite flower.

Step 1

Cut a 6-inch branch from a healthy rose plant. It should be a stem that has bloomed, according to the University of California at Davis Extension. Follow the stem to its junction with a larger branch and make the cut, at an angle, right where it joins the larger branch.

Step 2

Pour equal parts of sand and peat moss into the planting pot and water the soil until it is drenched. Allow the pot to drain completely. Use a pencil to create a planting hole for the cutting.

Step 3

Cut the top of the cutting straight across. This will help you remember which end will go into the soil. Remove the leaves from the cutting and stick the angled end into a cup of water and then into the rooting hormone.

Step 4

Insert the hormone-tipped end of the cutting into the soil and pack the soil around it. Half of the cutting should be buried beneath the soil.

Step 5

Place the pot in an area that is out of direct sunlight. Mist the cutting daily and make sure the soil remains moist. The rose cutting should be rooted within eight weeks.

Tips and Warnings

  • It is illegal to propagate patented rose varieties by any method, without a license from the patent holder, advises North Dakota State University Extension.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Rooting hormone
  • Sand
  • Peat moss
  • Planting pot


  • North Dakota State University Extension: Questions on Roses
  • University of California at Davis Extension: Propagating Roses by Cuttings (PDF)
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Victoria Hunter, a former broadcaster and real estate agent, has provided audio and written services to both small businesses and large corporations, worldwide. Hunter is a freelance writer specializing in the real estate industry. She devotes her spare time to her other passions: gardening and cooking. Hunter holds a Bachelor of Arts in English/creative writing.