A Guide to Growing Roses From Cuttings

If you’re hoping to learn how to grow roses without too much investment or commitment right at the beginning, then you might have a friend who can help you use a different method. If you start your flower gardening more slowly, beginning with just a few cuttings, you may get a more gradual, less time and money intensive picture of your abilities before you go wholeheartedly into the endeavor. It’s worth a try to discover whether or not you can succeed.

It’s best not even to try this with hybrid tea roses or those you get from florists. Floribunda roses grow well from cuttings, as do miniatures, but others don’t have as much success. People with a lot of experience, such as experts in how to grow roses, might manage growing even hybrid teas using cuttings, but someone who’s just starting out and doesn’t know all the ins and outs of rose growing is unlikely to have the same success. Better at least to begin with a type of rose that everyone agrees can be started with a cutting.

You ought to do rose pruning in the first part of spring, taking a few six-inch stems (or three inch stems for miniatures). Cut them on a slight diagonal, in the morning before the stresses of the day.

At one time, folks knew how to grow roses with cuttings safeguarded by Mason jars, and the procedure still does the trick. So as soon as you have your cuttings, take off the lower foliage, with only several at the top, and dunk the stems into a rooting powder. Then position them either into your garden soil or into containers of potting soil. At this point, place a Mason jar over each stem and water occasionally during the next few weeks.

In milder climates, you may be able to grow rose bushes from these cuttings just by putting them in your garden soil during the summer and forgetting about the Mason jar. On the other hand, in cooler regions, you might start them in containers indoors with a heating pad beneath them to help stimulate the roots. There are some general tips for how to grow roses from cuttings, but these need to be adapted to your particular situation. If you can induce your cuttings to root and start growing, then it might be a good, gradual way to start your rose growing hobby.

Rose gardening can definitely be challenging to those that are not blessed with a green thumb. But growing roses isn’t impossible if you have the right tools and choose the right type of roses for their environment.


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This post was written by Noel Benjamin D'Costa on February 28, 2010

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