How to Grow Roses From a Rose Stem


Roses make a beautiful addition to any garden or you can make an entire garden of nothing but roses. They come in an assortment of colors that can add beauty to the yard. The only drawback to growing roses is the expense. Some varieties can be very costly. Propagating new roses from the stems of roses that you already have in your garden can be an easy way to grow more roses without a lot of expense.

Step 1

Cut roses just after the blooming cycle ends. Take a cutting 6 to 8 inches long from the mature growth of the rose. Make a diagonal cut with a sharp pair of pruning shears, being careful not to damage the stem. Cut off any withered blooms or hips that are beginning to form, just above the first healthy leaves.

Step 2

Select a location that will receive a good amount of indirect sunlight. Rose cuttings can be rooted easily, right in the garden.

Step 3

Dip the dry ends of the stems into a rooting compound to encourage root growth. This step is optional, but cuttings that have been dipped in rooting hormone have a better success rate.

Step 4

Make a hole directly in the soil, a few inches deep and about the width of a pencil.

Step 5

Place your rose cutting in it, being careful not to touch the sides, which will knock off the rooting medium.

Step 6

Firmly pack soil around it and cover with a glass jar. The jar serves as a mini-greenhouse, and will retain moisture and humidity. Water when you water your garden, and the taller surrounding plants will provide shade.

Step 7

Remove the jar once roots have been established.

Things You'll Need

  • Sharp pruning shears
  • Rooting compound
  • Soil
  • Glass jar


  • "The Expert's Book of Garden Hints"; Bradley, Fern Marshall, ed.; 1993.
  • The Southern Garden
Keywords: growing roses, propagation, rose cuttings

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Kaye Lynne Booth has been writing for 13 years. She is currently working on a children's, series and has short stories and poetry published on;; Stastic Motion Online. She is a contributing writer for, Gardener Guidlines, and She holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology with a minor in Computer Science from Adam’s State College