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How to Plant Roses From Cuttings

By Melissa Lewis ; Updated September 21, 2017
Grow your own roses bush from cuttings.

Roses are available in a variety of species, many of are hybrids. While each variety of rose bush is unique, the process for planting them from cuttings is similar. It is best to plant a few more cuttings than you ultimately want because some may not take root. Plant roses from cuttings in the spring or fall.

Select a healthy stem that appears to be disease and bug free. On hot days, take your cutting in the morning or evening when it is cooler.

Cut a stem that is about 6 inches long. It should have a couple leaves attached to it. Near the bottom, include a bud and a node if possible. Wear garden gloves if you are cutting from a rose bush with thorns.

Wound the base of the stem. This means to cut a diagonal slit, about 1/2 to 1 inch in length.

Place the cutting in a poly bag, which is available at your local nursery. Seal it and stick in the refrigerator for one day. This will help heal the wound before planting.

Apply a rooting hormone, which is also available at your local nursery. This step is optional, but it will help make your project quicker and more successful. Most products direct you to dip the wound end of your rose cutting in a rooting hormone and then shake off the excess.

Stick the rose cutting a couple inches in the ground or in a pot. Soil should be well draining and rich. Outside, add compost, perlite or peat moss if necessary. In a pot, use high quality potting soil mixed with equal parts of perlite.

Water well. Stick a jar over top of the cutting. You can also cut a 2-liter bottle and use that to cover your cutting. Continue to water for the next two to three months. By this time, it should take root and begin to grow new leaves, at which time you can transplant the cutting outside if necessary, as long as it is not extremely hot (above 100 degrees) or below freezing.


Things You Will Need

  • Knife
  • Rooting hormone
  • Poly bag
  • Soil
  • Pot

About the Author


Melissa Lewis is a former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist. She has also written for various online publications. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.