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How to Grow Roses from Cuttings

Do you have a favorite rose bush in your yard that you want to propagate? Or maybe your neighbor has a gorgeous bloomer that you covet. Whether it’s a native Carolina or White Prairie bush rose or a climbing Lady Banks or Eden variety, you can easily start a new plant from a cutting! The best time to undertake this project is in the spring (exactly when that falls will depend on where you live) when the plant has put out new, healthy stems. The plant should have new growth that has leaves but isn’t heavily flowering. One important note, rooting rose cuttings works best with native species rather than grafted plants. Additionally, once rooted and planted outside, it will likely take a few years for the new plant to start flowering.

Below is a short list of tools you will need and a few simple steps that will help you grow roses from cuttings. So grab the pruners, head to your DIY potting bench and get ready to put that DIY trellis ideas to good use. Your best garden ornaments are about to get some “rosy” company!

What Tools Do You Need to Grow Roses from Cuttings?

Pruners: Cuts off the stem of the rose bush you want to root

Rooting hormone: Helps speed root growth; available at gardening or home stores

Rose potting mix: The medium that will allow your cutting to grow

Small pot: Vessel to plant cutting

Plastic bag: Used to “tent” cutting

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