The Q&A Archives: Roses From Cuttings

Question: I'm new to roses and was wondering if it's true that if you cut the stem off of one rose bush and plant it, it will grow and make another rose bush?

Answer: It's possible but not always successful to start new rose bushes from cuttings. But there's no harm in trying! Choose healthy leafy canes that are not too tough and about the diameter of a pencil. Using asharp knife, cut off the soft tip of the cane and then cut it into 4-5 inch pieces. Each piece should have at least 2 nodes and some leaves.

Strip off the bottom leaves exposing a node and plant the cuttings in moist soil and keep them in bright shade and high humidity. You can use containers covered with plastic bags, or set them in the ground in the shade and cover them with plastic jugs. You might try both methods. Take as many cuttings as you can to ensure success. Good luck.

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