How do you take a cutting from a rose?
- You can take cuttings from any type of rose you choose, but just make sure you select long, strong, healthy stems from this season's growth, not old wood.
- Make the cuttings 25cm long, cutting above a bud at the top to remove the shoot tip and below one at the base.
Cut a piece of rose stem about 6 inches long, remove the bottom set of leaves, and just stick the stem into the ground (or into a pot) a couple inches deep, and cover with a jar or bottle. You will need to periodically water the soil around the jar, otherwise the rose stem will dry out.
- Keep the soil moist, but not sopping. It takes approximately four to eight weeks for the cutting to take root and grow a new set of leaves. Harden the cutting off by removing the mini-greenhouse for longer periods each day.
- Use a sharp knife to take a hardwood or softwood cutting measuring 3 to 4 inches long. Cut hardwood stems just below a bump that indicates a leaf node. Remove all of the leaves from the lower 2 inches of the stem and then gently scrape the skin off the bottom portion of the stem on one side with a knife.
- A rooting hormone is a naturally occurring or synthetic hormone that stimulates root growth in plants. You might be surprised to learn that most plant cuttings will naturally produce their own rooting hormones after a short period of time.
Be sure to add fresh water as needed until the cuttings are fully rooted. Rooting will generally occur in 3-4 weeks but some plants will take longer. When the roots are 1-2 inches long or longer the cutting is ready to be potted up. This plant has heavy rooting and is ready to be moved to a pot with potting soil.
- Stem Cutting
- Cut a 6-inch long section from the end of a pencil-sized branch by using a sharp knife or pruning shears.
- Fill a 4-inch diameter plant pot, which has drainage holes, with potting soil.
- Dip the cut end of the stem cutting in rooting hormone.
- Poke a few ventilation holes in a clear, plastic bag.
- Roots torn during the transplant process is especially a problem for plants with small or fine root systems. Seedlings need extra attention to soil moisture after transplanting because they have so few roots. This, combined with photosynthesis, allows the plant to grow vigorously to replace the torn roots.
- Be sure to add fresh water as needed until the cuttings are fully rooted. Rooting will generally occur in 3-4 weeks but some plants will take longer. When the roots are 1-2 inches long or longer the cutting is ready to be potted up. This plant has heavy rooting and is ready to be moved to a pot with potting soil.
Updated: 6th October 2019