How to Propagate Rose Plants

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Propagating roses is an effective way to increase the number of plants in your garden or to save old varieties. There are several ways to propagate roses. One way is called budding, when you use a bud from one rose and graft it to the rootstock of another. This method can be difficult. Another way to propagate a rose is by cuttings. This technique is more suited to the novice gardener and is the least expensive method to try.

Step 1

Choose a container for your cutting that has drainage holes. Fill the container with potting soil and water it thoroughly. You can make a hole in the potting soil for the cutting with a pencil.

Step 2

Cut a 12-inch branch from a bush with a rose that has just faded and still has leaves attached. You should cut it in the late spring or early summer. Strip off any bottom leaves but leave the top ones.

Step 3

Using a knife, cut two 1-inch slices of bark off the base of the cutting, one on each side. This is called wounding. It helps the cutting establish roots on the surface of the wound.

Step 4

Insert the base of the cutting about 1 1/2 inches into the rooting hormone powder. Tap off any excess powder. Place the cutting in the hole in the container and gently push potting soil around it.

Step 5

Put the container in a plastic bag. Put several sticks in the potting soil to hold up the bag and seal it. You should place the container in indirect light. Rooting can take from four to eight weeks. After you see new growth, your rose needs to be removed from the bag and moved to a shady, cool spot for a few days to harden off before planting.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't put the cutting in direct sunlight or it can burn.

Things You'll Need

  • Container
  • Potting soil
  • Rose cuttings
  • Knife
  • Pencil
  • Rooting hormone powder
  • Plastic bag
  • Sticks


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Who Can Help

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Keywords: rooting roses, propagating roses, roses

About this Author

Liz Ward is a Visual Communications Designer and writer. Ward's articles are published on and Ward has written for Demand Studios and Text Broker. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Design and a Minor in photography from Purdue University. She is also a master gardener.

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