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How to Grow Roses From Tip Cuttings

By Stan DeFreitas ; Updated September 21, 2017

Typically, roses aren't grown from tip cuttings, but doing so requires a good soil that is peaty and pearl-like. Discover the reasons why hybrid-trees are usually grafted roses with help from an urban horticulturist and gardening adviser in this free video on growing roses.


Hi I'm Stan DeFreitas, Mr. Green Thumb. How do we grow roses from tip cuttings? Well typically in hybrid-tees, we don't. But let's say you have got your favorite rose, and you want to take a tip cutting. You are going to come back in, cut the plant, the stem from the plant, the mother plant, and get a good soil like we have here. Remember a good peaty, pearl-like type soil, improve the soil, add the soil,make it nice and priable. Plant it down to a depth, about a third of the stem into the ground. Maybe put a little plastic bag over it. The tip cutting probably is easier to reproduce from than a major stem. Now, many of the miniature roses are done this way, many of the climbers will grow on their own tip cuttings. Most of your hybrid-tees are going to be grafted roses. So you want to check into how do you do some grafting. You normally raise a root stock up, and then you graft on the scion, the top part of the plant onto the root stock. But, if you want to start one from a cutting, take a nice healthy top piece, and pick off any bad leaves, cut the bottom at about a forty-five degree angle, use some rooting hormone, and keep it in a good soil. For askmrgreenthumb.com, I'm Stan DeFreitas.


About the Author


Stan DeFreitas, also known as "Mr. Green Thumb," has experience as an urban horticulturist working for the Pinellas County Extension Service and has taught horticulture at the St. Petersburg College. "Mr. Green Thumb" has spread gardening know-how on radio, TV and newspaper columns in both the Clearwater Sun and the Tampa Tribune. DeFreitas is the number one gardening adviser in the state of Florida, was the first to establish a "community garden" in Pinellas County and helped start the first Master Garden Program in Pinellas County. DeFreitas was also twice Jaycees Horticulture "Man of the Year" was awarded the landscape design award from the city of St. Petersburg Beach, and he was the host of the highest-rated garden show on local PBS.