How To Propagate Roses

Growing from cuttings is a great way of saving money and reproducing more of your favourite type of rose bush. To grow roses from cuttings is quite easy to do once you know how. The purpose of this article is to give the reader clear instructions on how to propagate roses.

Step One - Choosing The Right Stem

In order to start growing from cuttings of your favourite variety. Look for a perfect rose head which has a stem approximately 12 inch, 300mm in length. Ensure that the stem of the rose cutting has five leaf clusters or more. You need to try and put the stem in water immediately and leave it for at least an hour or longer. (Leave it in the water for up to two days if you want to enjoy the bloom.)

Step Two - Soil Preparation

In the mean time choose a sheltered, shaded spot and prepare a bed of soil. To prepare the soil dig down to a depth of around 18 inches, 460mm. Mix in with the soil approximate measures of one part builder’s sand to each part of soil.

Step Three - Rooting Roses

To prepare the rose cutting for rooting, start by snipping off the blossom and just above the buds cut the stem at an angle. You also need to cut the stem just below the very bottom leaf cluster. Now carefully strip off all the leaves except the very top leaves. You will need some powdered rooting hormone to dust the bottom of the rose cutting. Rooting hormone powder is available online or from all good garden centres.

Step Four - Planting The Rose Cutting

The rose cutting will now look almost stick like. Plant the stick in the earlier prepared soil. The stem must be covered up to the second leaf scar from the top. Pat down the soil around your planted rose cuttings.

Press down the soil around the rose cuttings, water them in well and cover with an inverted preserving jar. Try to lift the jar each day and with a cloth wipe away any condensation on the inside.

Step Five - Checking That Your Rose Cutting Has Started To Root

You need to look for evidence of a second new leaf starting to grow. This is a clear indication that the rose cuttings have started to root. Before you transplant your cuttings it is a good idea to let them grow. Usually leaving them for a period of eight to nine months is enough. Once you are certain that the rose has rooted you must remove the preserving jar.

Growing from cuttings can be very rewarding. The feeling you get when you see your new rose bush develop is great, especially when you know it’s something that you have made happen.