The Q&A Archives: Roses from cuttings?

Question: We are selling my childhood home and it would mean the world to me to figure out a way to take some cuttings from my Mothers well established roses and re-plant in my yard. Can this be done? Is it difficult? She didn't pass on her incredible green thumb to me but I really miss her : ) Thank you.

Answer: I have a feeling that you have a green thumb, it just hasn't fully developed yet. The more you work with your hands in the garden, the faster your green thumb will develop. Here's an exercise to try:

You can successfully grow roses from cuttings. Take 'ripe' stems (those that have had some blooms on them). They should be pencil-size in diameter and have three or more nodes (where the leaves join the stems). Remove all but the top two leaves with a razor blade and make three shallow vertical cuts (just through the bark) on each cutting. Dip in water and then in rooting hormone; shake off excess and plant them in moistened peat moss or perlite planting mix. You'll need to make a rooting chamber to protect the cuttings: put three sticks at opposite edges of the container and drape plastic wrap over the top to help hold in moisture. Keep the plants in the shade (outdoors is fine) and in 3-6 weeks new growth should appear. Once the rooting has begun and new growth appears, repot your new little rose bushes.

Good luck with your project!

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