How to Root Roses





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Published on Jul 14, 2010

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Historically, roses were handed down from one family member to the next by means of root cuttings. Here is a simple method for rooting.

Step 1: Cut a stem
Cut a stem, 6 to 8 inches long, from the parent plant with a sharp knife or pruning shears. Cut at about a 45-degree angle. Do not allow the stem to dry out or become exposed to extreme heat or cold.

Wait until the peak heat of summer has passed before rooting.

Step 2: Remove the lower foliage
Remove the foliage from the lower half of the cutting. Leave the foliage on the upper half.

Step 3: Dip in rooting hormone
Briefly dip the cut end in a rooting hormone.

Step 4: Place the cutting in the ground
Place the cutting in the ground in a location that is shielded from the hot afternoon sun. Rooting typically takes 4 to 8 weeks, depending on the weather and the rose variety.

Do not allow the cutting to dry out during the rooting period. Keep it well hydrated.

Step 5: Transplant the cutting
Transplant the rooted cutting to its permanent location. Before long, you'll have a beautiful, blooming new rosebush.

Did You Know?
The Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena is a National Historic Landmark built in 1922.


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