How to Take Cuttings From Roses


Replicating a favorite rose bush can be done by taking a cutting from the bush, and then starting a new plant from the cutting. Choose a healthy stem for your cutting, one with a rose growing on the tip. Below the flower, at least two five-leaf-leaflets should be attached. Wait until after the rose has come to full bloom on the selected stem before taking the cutting.

Step 1

Sanitize a pair of cutting sheers. Before cutting the bush, the sheers should be clean. You can do this by washing the sheers in hot water and soap and thoroughly drying to avoid rusting.

Step 2

Cut the stem from the bush, moving down about 6 or 7 inches. Cut diagonally across the stem.

Step 3

Cut the rose from the top of the stem. Cut diagonally.

Step 4

Snip off all but the top two five-leaf-leaflets growing on the cutting.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not propagate by cuttings if the rose variety is patented, unless you pay a royalty fee. To avoid paying a royalty fee, you must wait 17 years after the patent's introduction.

Things You'll Need

  • Mild liquid dish soap
  • Drying towel
  • Gardening sheers


  • "Roses;" James Crockett; 1974
  • Rose Propagation; Francois Bousselin
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About this Author

Ann Johnson was the editor of a community magazine in Southern California for more than 10 years and was an active real estate agent, specializing in commercial and residential properties. She has a Bachelors of Art degree in communications from California State University of Fullerton. Today she is a freelance writer and photographer, and part owner of an Arizona real estate company.