The Q&A Archives: Roses From Cuttings

Question: Can you grow roses from softwood cuttings and old wood cuttings? My father-in-law died not long ago, and I would like to grow his roses, but I don't know how. If you have any information on this subject please let me know. Any help would be appreciated.

Answer: You can 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.

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