How to Get Cut Flowers to Grow


By rooting your own flowers to get additional plants, you can save money that you would normally use to purchase the flowers. You also are growing plants that are used to the climate you live in and the soil conditions of your yard. Not all flowers can be rooted, but for those that can be, it is a fairly easy process. A few supplies and a little time will give you healthy starter plants.

Step 1

Cut the flowers you want to root. Cut at an angle with scissors. Make sure to cut below a leaf near the base of the plant.

Step 2

Wrap the cut ends with a wet paper towel to protect them until you are ready.

Step 3

Combine peat moss and perlite together and put in pots.

Step 4

Clip off the leaves from over half the cutting so the plant doesn't waste water on them.

Step 5

Dip the ends of the cuttings into a rooting hormone and slide the cuttings into the planting mixture.

Step 6

Press the mixture around the cuttings to keep them in place.

Step 7

Dampen the planting mix with water and place the cuttings in a well-lit area. Do not put them in direct sunlight.

Step 8

Cover the cuttings with a plastic bag.

Step 9

Move a cutting to a new pot of its own when it develops roots. Pull on the cutting gently to see if it resists. If it does, this is an indication that roots are developing. Wait a week or two more so roots can continue to grow before moving. Rooting time varies depending on what type of plant you are trying to grow. Some might take just a few weeks while others a month or more. Check them once a week for progress after the first few weeks of growing.

Things You'll Need

  • Scissors
  • Paper towel
  • Water
  • Peat moss
  • Perlite
  • Pot
  • Rooting hormone


  • Virginia Tech: Perennials - Culture, Maintenance and Propagation
  • Clemson University Extension: Dividing Perennials
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