How Do You Start a Rose Bush From Cuttings?


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Growing a new rose bush from cuttings can be an efficient way to beautify any garden. It is not difficult to do, although results are not automatic. An appropriate cutting treated with rooting powder and planted in prepared soil is likely to produce good result if well-cared for and protected from harsh weather.

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  1. Take a cutting from the original rose bush

    Cut a piece of stem approximately 6 to 8 inches long. This works best by cutting the stem directly under a flower that has already bloomed and the petals have fallen off. Use clean, sharp gardening shears so the stem does not get damaged or crushed. Drop the cutting immediately into a clean jar of water so it does not dry out before the next step.

  2. Cut the stem and dip it into rooting hormone powder

    Take the cutting from the water and remove the lower leaves. Cut two small slits in the stem. These slits should not be deep but should penetrate the green outer layer of the stem. Dip the bottom of the cutting into rooting hormone powder, being sure to get the newly-cut slits into the powder. This powder can be purchased at home improvement stores or garden centers.

  3. Plant the stems in an appropriate area

    Prepare the soil to make sure it is well-fertilized and well-drained. The area should get morning sun, but not afternoon sun, as it can be too hot. Prepare a hole for the cutting by poking a pencil or metal probe about 3 or 4 inches into the ground. Put the cutting into the prepared hole and gently push dirt around the stem.

  4. Protect stems from heat and drought

    Cover the part of the stem sticking out from the ground with a glass jar or a plastic covering. This will keep the plant warm and the soil moist. However, if it gets too much sun, it will also bake the plant and kill it. Keep the soil around the cutting moist but do not allow it to sit in a puddle.

  5. Transplant to a permanent home

    Once the cutting has started to grow, it can be moved to its regular home. Plants started this way can grow quickly and thrive; however, if it needs to survive in a cold climate, it should be protected carefully from the first, and even the second, winter's weather until it has a chance to develop a strong root system.

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