How to propagate roses from cuttings

How to propagate roses from cuttings

Propagating roses from cuttings is a common and effective method to create new rose plants that are genetically identical to the parent plant. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to propagate roses from cuttings:

Materials Needed:

Healthy rose bush with new, green growth
Clean, sharp pruners or knife
Rooting hormone (optional but recommended for better success)
Potting mix or a well-draining rooting medium
Planting pot or container
Clear plastic bag or a plastic dome (optional, but helps maintain humidity)


Choose the Right Time: The best time to take rose cuttings is in late spring or early summer when the rose bushes are actively growing and producing new, softwood stems.

Select Healthy Stems: Look for healthy, disease-free stems that are about the thickness of a pencil and have at least 4 to 6 inches of new growth. These soft, green stems are ideal for propagating.

Prepare the Cuttings: Using clean and sharp pruners or a knife, make a clean diagonal cut just below a leaf node (the point where a leaf attaches to the stem) at the bottom of the cutting. Make another diagonal cut just above a leaf node at the top of the cutting. Each cutting should be around 4 to 6 inches long.

Remove Leaves: Strip off all the leaves from the bottom half of the cutting, leaving a few leaves at the top for photosynthesis.

Rooting Hormone: While optional, using a rooting hormone can significantly increase the chances of successful rooting. Dip the bottom end of the cutting into the rooting hormone powder or gel, covering at least an inch of the stem.

Planting the Cuttings: Fill a planting pot or container with a well-draining rooting medium or potting mix. Make a small hole in the medium with a pencil or stick, and insert the bottom end of the cutting into the hole. Gently press the medium around the cutting to hold it in place.

Watering: Water the cuttings thoroughly after planting to settle the medium around the cuttings. Ensure the soil stays consistently moist but not waterlogged throughout the rooting process.

Create Humidity (Optional): If you’re using a pot or container without a cover, you can create humidity by placing a clear plastic bag or a plastic dome over the container. This helps maintain a humid environment around the cuttings, promoting successful rooting.

Provide Indirect Light: Place the container in a location with bright, indirect light. Avoid direct sunlight, as it can be too intense for the cuttings. Too much sun may cause them to wilt or dry out.

Monitor and Wait: Check the cuttings regularly for signs of new growth and ensure the rooting medium remains moist. It may take several weeks for the cuttings to develop roots.

Transplanting: Once the cuttings have developed a healthy root system and new growth appears, they are ready to be transplanted into individual pots or directly into the garden. Allow them to acclimate gradually to outdoor conditions if they were kept indoors.

Remember that not all rose cuttings will successfully root, but with patience and proper care, you can increase your chances of successful propagation. Experiment with different rose varieties and enjoy the satisfaction of growing new roses from cuttings.