How to Root Roses

Historically, roses were handed down from one family member to the next by means of root cuttings. Here is a simple method for rooting.


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You Will Need

  • Rose cutting
  • Sharp knife or pruning shears
  • Rooting hormone
  • Rooting location
  • Permanent growing location


  1. Step 1

    Cut a stem

    Cut a stem, 6 to 8 inches long, from the parent plant with a sharp knife or pruning shears. Cut at about a 45-degree angle. Do not allow the stem to dry out or become exposed to extreme heat or cold.

  2. Wait until the peak heat of summer has passed before rooting.

  3. Step 2

    Remove the lower foliage

    Remove the foliage from the lower half of the cutting. Leave the foliage on the upper half.

  4. Step 3

    Dip in rooting hormone

    Briefly dip the cut end in a rooting hormone.

  5. Step 4

    Place the cutting in the ground

    Place the cutting in the ground in a location that is shielded from the hot afternoon sun. Rooting typically takes 4 to 8 weeks, depending on the weather and the rose variety.

  6. Do not allow the cutting to dry out during the rooting period. Keep it well hydrated.

  7. Step 5

    Transplant the cutting

    Transplant the rooted cutting to its permanent location. Before long, you'll have a beautiful, blooming new rosebush.

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