How to Get a Start From a Rose Bush


Roses are an ideal addition to any garden or landscape for their exceptional beauty, bright splashes of color and pleasant fragrance. Although they require some time, patience and a lot of maintenance, it is less expensive to start your own rose bush rather then purchase them matured. This can be done with clippings from an already grown rose bush.

Step 1

Cut an empty, clean 12-ounce soda bottle in half, then poke 3 to 4 drainage holes in the bottom of it. Make sure to keep the upper half of the bottle on hand for future use. Fill it a little more then half full with good quality potting soil.

Step 2

Find a healthy rose bush, and use clean sharp pruning scissors to cut a 4-inch piece of the stem from a newly growing cane. Make sure the piece has new leaves with a soft healthy green appearance.

Step 3

Trim off all the leaves from the stem except for three or four, then slice each leaf in half right down the center. Dip 1/2 inch of the stem into a rooting hormone, then let the excess drip off. Gently place the cutting into the soil and water lightly.

Step 4

Keep the bottle in a partially shaded area, like a windowsill. Put the upper half of the bottle back on top lightly to provide protection.

Step 5

Keep an eye on the rose bush, as within a few weeks you should start to notice new growth on your cane in a bottle. Keep it in this bottle for about 2 1/2 to 3 months, then transplant it to a partially shaded area during the proper season for the climate you live in.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic 12-ounce soda bottle
  • Potting soil
  • Scissors
  • Healthy rose bush
  • Pruning scissors
  • Rooting hormone
  • Water


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  • Starting a Rose BUsh
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Lauren Wise is a journalism major from Arizona State University with over forty published magazine and media articles and over 400 Web site articles. Wise owns Midnight Publishing with over eight years experience as a writer, editor, copywriter and columnist. She specializes in food and wine, music and pop culture. Her writing has appeared in magazines including Runway, A2Z, Scottsdale Luxury Living and True West.