Increase Your Rose Garden By Growing New Roses Using Cuttings
Save money and have fun growing your own roses from cuttings. It’s fun, easy and usually take 2-4 weeks.
Growing roses from stem cuttings can be very fun and budget friendly. Depending on the method you choose, growing roses from cuttings can be very easy and take 2-4 weeks depending on the time of the year.
What you will need to do rose cuttings:
Fresh rose cuttings
Sterile potting soil or peat moss (I use 3 parts peat and 1 part perlite)
Pots with good drainage
Clear jar or milk jug
Gallon bag and a rubber band
Start your rose cutting process by first preparing your soil. Since you need to prevent the cuttings from drying out as well as the new cuts to the ends, make sure that you are ready to go when the new cuts are made. Prepare your pots by filling with potting soil and watering well. You can use a 4 inch pot, a 6 inch pot or a gallon pot. Any size is fine as long as it’s not too small to accompany 4-6 inch cuttings. This is a good time to check for drainage. Insure that all excess water drains with in a few minutes and that you don’t lose soil either.
Take your rose cuttings and cut in to 4-6 inch pieces. Be sure to leave 1 set of leaves on each cuttings. When you make your cut be sure that it is a clean cut and that it is cut at a sharp angle. Also, insure that you are using sharp shears or a sharp knife. Dull tools can actually crush the inside of the stem and injure it causing it to be unsuccessful.
Once you have prepared your rose cuttings, using your finger, a pencil, or a stick, create holes in the soil that is 2-4 inches deep. Next you will want to dip the bottom end of the cutting into a glass of water, shake off the excess and then dip in the rooting hormone, shake off any excess and then press firmly in the soil.
Depending on the size of your pot you can easily fit 5 or more cuttings in each pot. On a gallon size pot it’s possible to put about 8-10 cuttings and on smaller pots 5-7 cuttings will fit. Just insure that you have about an inch in between each cutting.
Now that you have your rose cuttings planted, you will need to water them well. Using a light shower , water them well. And allow to drain. Make sure that each cuttings is well planted.
Step 5 (optional)
This is the part where the methods vary. You can leave your cuttings the way they are right now, especially if you have them in a greenhouse. If you aren’t keeping them in a greenhouse you will have to insure they are kept under high humidity. The easiest way to do that is to take a gallon bag, blow it up and place the post in side the gallon bag. If the pot is too big then simply place the bag over the sop and secure with a rubber band. Of course any size bag that will let in light including clear or white trash bags, grocery bags or other plastic bags will work fine. This will help increase the humidity and still allow plenty of light.
Another option is to cut the bottom out of a soda bottle, milk just or other plastic container and put over the pot. This too, will create a greenhouse effect and help to give you great results.
Now that you have your cuttings planted, and ready to go, simply check on them every day to insure they haven’t dried out. Water as needed to prevent the soil from drying out completely but do not keep to wet. Dry soil will cause them to die before they can root and soggy soil will cause the soil to rot.
With in a 7-14 days you may start to see some new growth. Rose cuttings usually root with in 2-4 weeks depending on the season, temperatures, humidity and type of rose. Climbing roses seems to root faster. Just be sure that you don’t pull them out to look. This is very tempting, but, you must avoid pulling them out. Since their roots start as tiny hairs, pulling them out to check them will break the roots and then be a failed attempt.
With in a few weeks you will be able to tell they have rooted as they will begin to put on new growth. Continue to water them and watch them grow. You can repot them when their roots are at least an inch long. Using clear containers is a great way to be able to see that you roots have formed and know when to divide. If you aren’t sure, leave them for another week.