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.

You will need

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

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.

Step 2 Remove the lower foliage Remove the foliage from the lower half of the cutting. Leave the foliage on the upper half.

Step 3 Dip in rooting hormone Briefly dip the cut end in a rooting hormone.

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.

Step 5 Transplant the cutting Transplant the rooted cutting to its permanent location. Before long, you’ll have a beautiful, blooming new rosebush.