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Starting a Rose Bush from a Cutting

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I took a piece of wild rose bush that I would like to have root so I can plant it. How would I go about doing this?

Hardiness Zone: 5b

By Gloria from Dresden, ME

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Starting a Rose Bush from a Cutting
*** How do you start a rose bush form a cutting? Tips from the ThriftyFun community.

Cover Cutting With A Jar

My Mammaw used to take a cutting and just ram it in the ground where she wanted it to grow and would place a quart jar over it and leave it there until new growth begins. She would have some fail, but not too often.

Her thumb was greener than green. She always lived in East TX, but I'm sure no matter where you are, if the cutting is getting plenty of sun, and the soil is moist to begin with, it should take root.

I do not believe roses will root in water alone though. Here is a site you might enjoy:

By Trbrown22

My mom could start rosebushes from cuttings, though I never tried, her's sure grew! Be sure to get a cutting with a bloom and five leaf fronds. Plant three fronds, leaving two above ground, pinch off the bloom and cover with a glass jar until new growth. Very similar to the previous post, just be sure of the bloom part if you want to be sure of the bush also blooming.

By Margie

Plant With A Bean

I have always used a cutting to transplant roses and the way I do it is to get a cutting just under the joint and slit it and then put a pinto or some kind of bean and dip it in Rootone and plant. I always said a verse, "If you grow, you grow. If you don't, out you go" and it did grow. The bean is what takes root first and it helps to give the twig a chance to take root.

By Margaret from TX

Coffee Can

I was taught to take the cutting, dip it in rooting hormone, and plant in a coffee can filled 3/4 way with damp sand (you can do several at once in the same can). Cover with the lid and wait until rooted. Just make sure you don't bake the cuttings in a hot place. Not sure if this would work as well with the newer plastic cans.

By Susanmajp

Just Stick It In The Ground

I picked a beautiful rose at my Mom's house and stuck it in the ground in my yard a few years ago and now I have one of the most beautiful rose bushes any where! Just cut you a piece of the bush off at a joint and put it in some good soil.

By Shelly


RE: Starting a Rose Bush from a Cutting

In October you can take cuttings 12 inches long, strip off leaves on the bottom 6 inches of the cuttings , put that 6 inches in the ground, then remove the next set of leaves. You can also use Rootone on the cuttings. Just dip the tip in water then in Rootone. Cover with any kind of jar that is tall enough to cover it. Leave jar on till spring, then you should have new plants. You will be able to see the new growth through the jar. Good luck. Enjoy (07/23/2008)

By flower lady

RE: Starting a Rose Bush from a Cutting

It is illegal to propagate patented roses. (12/01/2008)

By John L.

Archive: Starting a Rose Bush from a Cutting

I have cut some healthy stems off of a rose bush. I have already planted them where I want them to take root and grow.

Every website says to put a jar on top of each stem for a greenhouse effect. How long do I need to leave the jars on them? I don't want to suffocate them. There are many more healthy stems that need to be planted, but I want to try and do it right. Please help!

Hardiness Zone: 8a

By green thumb from Goldsboro, NC


RE: Starting a Rose Bush from a Cutting

I have good luck rooting almost anything, just cut off the new growth of a bush, stick it in soil in a pot in the shade. Keep damp, it will be ready to transplant the next spring. I have rooted a lot of roses like this, good luck. (05/16/2009)

By kffrmw88

RE: Starting a Rose Bush from a Cutting

The purpose of the jars over a cutting is it provides a green house effect. I've used this method before with rose cuttings and it actually works. From what I remember I put the cuttings in the ground in late summer or early fall. I watered the spot where the cutting was located, placed the jar over it and left it till Spring. It will not suffocate the cutting. It takes a little longer to get a bush out of this. But if you have a favorite rose or a friend shares a cutting this will work. Good luck. (05/24/2009)

By PRay62

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