Growing Rose Bushes From Clippings - Knowledgebase Question

San Lorenzo, CA
Question by zachnew
March 11, 2001
I want to take some rose clippings from my grandmas garden, and plant it in a pot at first,until I move,then I want to plant it in the ground after I move in my house. My grandma has had these rose bushes for over 50 years. I was told that sticking a cutting in a bucket of water until it roots would work, and then I could put it in a pot. Will this work? Do I keep them in shade or sun? do I have to make sure that no leaves fall in the water?


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Answer from NGA
March 11, 2001

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growing tip is above ground. To encourage rooting, wound the bottom side of the branch slightly where it touches the soil, cover it with a few inches of soil, weight it down with a rock and top with a generous layer of mulch. Water it occasionally during the growing season. Eventually, the branch will develop enough roots from the wounded area to support itself enough to separated from the parent plant.

If the rose is a shrub rose growing on its own roots, you may be able to simply dig up and remove a sucker, or rooted shoot, from near the base of the plant. This would be an easier method of propagating it.


growing tip is above ground. To encourage rooting, wound the bottom side of the branch slightly where it touches the soil, cover it with a few inches of soil, weight it down with a rock and top with a generous layer of mulch. Water it occasionally during the growing season. Eventually, the branch will develop enough roots from the wounded area to support itself enough to separated from the parent plant.

If the rose is a shrub rose growing on its own roots, you may be able to simply dig up and remove a sucker, or rooted shoot, from near the base of the plant. This would be an easier method of propagating it.


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