Love the roses in your neighbor’s yard and would like some exactly like them? Long to grow old fashioned, heirloom roses remembered from childhood days but are unable to find the rose bushes for sale at the local nursery? Start your own rose bushes by taking cuttings from favorite roses and rooting them with these three easy steps.
Take the Rose Cuttings in Fall
Fall is the best time of year to start rooting roses. Roses can be rooted during the spring and summer, but when rooted during the fall, it allows the newly created rose bush time to establish a strong root system in a controlled environment before it is planted outdoors in unpredictable elements.
Take a cutting from the desired rose bush that is six to eight inches long. Use sharp pruning shear to make the cut. Cut at a 45 degree angle just below where leaves join the stem. Remove all lower leaves from the cutting and immediately place the stem in water to prevent it from drying out.
Plant the Rose Cutting
Fill a small pot with moist potting soil and use a pencil to make a small hole in the center of the potting soil. Pour rooting powder, such as Rootone, into a small container and dip the cut end of the rose stem into the rooting powder. Tap the rose stem lightly with finger to remove any excess rooting powder and place the stem into the hole in the potting soil. Lightly tamp the potting soil around the base of the rose stem. Place the planted rose cutting in a warm, well lit location where it will not be exposed to direct sunlight, cold drafts or heat.
Cover the Rose Cutting
Once the rose cutting is planted into a small pot, cover rose cutting and pot with a clear plastic bag. The clear plastic bag will help the rose cutting retain moisture and humidity as it is forming new roots. A quart or half gallon sized Ziploc bag is usually a perfect fit, and keep the plastic bag over the rose cutting for three weeks, only removing it for watering Keep the soil of the rose cutting moist at all times, but never soggy. The rose cutting will form new roots in 6-10 weeks.
Keep the newly created rose bush in the original rooting pot during the winter months and plant the new rose bush when the soil has warmed up in the late spring.
Take a cutting from a favorite rose bush in the fall, dip in rooting powder and plant in potting soil, three easy steps to rooting roses.