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How to Start a New Rose Bush From a Cutting

By Hollan Johnson ; Updated September 21, 2017

Roses are grown in many gardens. They have beautiful blooms in a variety of colors and many of them smell great too. If you want to plant a great rose garden but don’t want to spend all the money on buying rose bushes, you can start a new rose bush from a cutting instead. It is a cheap and easy way to grow roses. Starting a new rose bush from a cutting takes longer to grow than a potted rose bush, but it is free.

Take a cutting from the rose you want to grow. It can be from old or new wood, but make sure the woody isn't too woody or too young. The wood should be pliable without being flimsy. Cut off about 6 inches per cutting.

Strip the leaves and flowers from the rose cutting.

Prepare a well drained pot. Place a sandy potting soil inside the pot. The sandy soil helps the roots take hold faster.

Place the cutting inside the soil to a depth of about 2 to 3 inches. Make sure the cutting can stand up on its own without falling over.

Place the mason jar over the top of the cutting. Push it down into a soil about 1 inch.

Water the cutting well so the soil is damp. Keep the soil damp at all times, but do not over water it.

Place the potted cutting in an area with partial sun or indirect sunlight. It should take several weeks to a month for the cutting to sprout leaves.


Things You Will Need

  • Mason jar
  • Well drained pot
  • Sandy potting soil


  • You may use a hormone rooting powder to help the cutting take root faster. Dip the bottom of the cutting in the powder before you place it in the soil.


  • Do not use compost or yard soil for planting cuttings as they may contain diseases.

About the Author


Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer and contributing editor for many online publications. She has been writing professionally since 2008 and her interests are travel, gardening, sewing and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Johnson taught English in Japan. She has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.