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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.

Tip
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.

Tip
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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