Growing Rose Bushes from Cuttings

I want to grow rose bushes from a couple long-stem roses. The stems are relatively hard and thick, but they are still green. While they were in a vase, they started growing new leaves. So I took then out and cut them into 5-10 inch cuttings. Each cutting has at least 3 buds. I mixed a solution: 3 cups of water and a tablespoon of honey. I bruised the cutting bottom, about an inch and left it in the solution for about 30 minutes while I prepared the potting soil. I do have drainage holes in these pots (made from water bottles) and I also used a clear box as a mini greenhouse for the cuttings. Oh yah, I watered the cuttings with the remaining solution. Now I am kinda regretting it because I fear that the cuttings with rot. The cuttings are in a relatively bright place, but not in direct sunlight. Is there anything I have done wrong? Anything I should look out for? Or what can I do to fix my mistakes?


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December 26, 20181 found this helpful

You could put rooting hormone on the ends and stick the rose in a potato and plant the whole thing. The potato will provide nutrients

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January 8, 20191 found this helpful

Your question reminds me years ago of when I asked this question of a florist and was told it is not possible. I hadn't thought about that in years. That was way before Google, of course.

Now with Google, I am learning it is possible. Then I learned there could be legal implications with this as you can grow them, but if they are some special breed or style that is patented, you can't sell them. How sad is that that there has to be posts telling us that. Seriously....sometimes Google just has WAY TOO MUCH INFO (TMI on steroids).

Anyhow...there are lots of info on how to do this. I am a video gal so this one was interesting (scroll down to find and it is near the bottom:


I did not use roses for my wedding, but if I had, this would have been such a cool idea!! Post back with updates!

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April 21, 20190 found this helpful

I root mine in willow water or by using rooting hormone. I have never tried the potato method.

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