How to Start Rose Bushes


Starting a new rose bush from a cutting is a good way to expand your rose bush collection. This method proves to be a less-expensive alternative than buying a new rose bush at your local garden center. Your local garden center may not even carry the same kind of rose bush you desire. Although rose bushes can be propagated from cuttings during the majority of the growing season, it is best to take and start the cutting in the spring when your bush is vigorous and cool weather prevails.

Step 1

Select a young and tender shoot on your rose bush that has yet to form buds. Cut it off with a pruning shears or knife at a length of 4 to 6 inches.

Step 2

Select a location in your garden where you would like to start your new rose plant.

Step 3

Plant the cutting 1 to 2 inches deep in the soil and water the soil thoroughly.

Step 4

Place a jar or small clear plastic container over the cutting to create a greenhouse effect. It also will help retain humidity around the cutting and prevent it from drying out.

Step 5

Check on the cutting daily and keep the soil moist, but not soggy, at all times. Within a few weeks, you should start to notice growth from your cutting.

Step 6

Remove flower buds that appear during the first summer. The plant needs to concentrate on root and top growth.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears
  • Garden shovel
  • Small glass jar or clear plastic container
  • Water source
  • Garden hose


  • The Gardener's Network: Rose Propagation
  • Rose Magazine: Propagating Roses
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Robin Gonyo has been writing for several years now. She has a deep love for gardening and has spent a vast amount of time researching that subject. Previously she has written for private clients before joining Demand Studios. She hopes to share her knowledge with others through her writing.