Growing roses from cuttings

This winter I have decided that I would like to have some roses around the house. So I researched a bit, asked around for advice and in the end of the winter, I started the experiment. Apparently, late fall or early spring is the best time to start propagating roses by cuttings. So, go visit your parents, grandparents, neighbours or friends who have nice roses in their gardens, ask them for some stems and the adventure can begin!

First, you need to cut a young stem, from the current season. The cutting should be about 20-30 cm long, and the cut must be right under a bud.

Rose cuttings

When starting plants from cuttings, it is always best that the cut is inclined, so it has more surface. Remove the leaves in the lower part of the cutting, which will be in the ground. Plant the cutting in the soil so that at least one bud is in the ground.

You can also wound the stem in the part where it’s cut, and soak it in growing hormones, but I didn’t do it this time.

After you have planted the cutting, cover it with a jar or a plastic bottle. This way, the jar protects the young plant, keeps it warm and the condensation assures that there is enough humidity.

Rose in a jar

If it is a really dry season, you can water the cuttings additionally, but in most cases it shouldn’t be necessary. Instead, it is better to assure that the soil stays humid by putting some mulch around the stem.

Cutting in a jar

And the final step is to wait. In a few weeks some of the cuttings will go dry; those which don’t will usually take about 4 to 8 weeks until the roots start growing. So now it’s time to keep the fingers crossed.


Once the roots have grown and the plant is stabile, you can move it and plant it where you want it to grow. And enjoy the smell of roses. ;)


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