How to Take Cuttings From a Rose Bush


Roses are the crown jewel of many gardens because of their beautiful blooms and wonderful scent. Taking cuttings from a rose bush is an easy way to propagate a rose plant you like without having to buy a new one. Take cuttings from a rose bush in the late spring or early summer, after the rose bush has bloomed and the petals are falling off or fading. (ref 1 and 2)

Step 1

Choose a rose stem that produced flowers. The stem should be straight and have no discoloration, which indicates mold or a fungal infection. The rose's stem should also be slightly pliable and no thicker than a pencil.

Step 2

Remove all the remaining flowers from the rose stem and all but four or five leaves.

Step 3

Cut the stems at a node. Each cutting should be 8 to 12 inches long.

Step 4

Place the rose cuttings in a plastic bag, seal it and place it in a refrigerator for 24 hours.

Step 5

Put each cutting in moist potting soil in a small pot. It will take three to seven weeks to form roots.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not take a rose cutting that has not produced flowers. It will wilt and die.

Things You'll Need

  • Sharp garden shears
  • Plastic bag


  • Propagating Roses From Cuttings
  • When and how should I take cuttings?

Who Can Help

  • Propagation techniques for roses
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Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer for many online publications including Garden Guides and eHow. She is also a contributing editor for Brighthub. She has been writing freelance for over a year and her focus' are travel, gardening, sewing, and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Hollan taught English in Japan. She has a B.A. in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.