Easy Air Layering to Propagate Roses Faster Than Cuttings

We all love roses and propagating them is not only fun but easy as can be. Air Layering is a way to get bigger roses faster than with cuttings. If I can do this so can you!
Complete list of supplies for this is on the blog but basically you need an empty plastic water bottle, potting medium, rooting hormone, ties, sharp knife, aluminum foil.
And of course a healthy rose plant.
Slit open the plastic bottle and fill with your moisture retentive potting medium. I prefer coconut coir mixed with some potting soil or finished compost.
Scrape outer green layer from your rose cane. Choose one that is disease free and growing like mad. (for more info see blog post linked)
Doing this during the active growing season is the fastest way to get the best results.
Treat scraped area with rooting hormone then wrap plastic bottle filled with soil around make sure it is snug. I used pantyhose strips to tie mine up. Some use zip ties or even duct tape.
Wrap with foil to keep from getting too hot.
A few weeks later you should see roots. I wrapped this one back up and let the roots grow longer and stronger which took another 4 weeks.
I will share later how I cut this from the mother plant and pot it up.
More roses for everyone.
Too see how I potted it up go here...http://www.hometalk.com/22721006/potting-up-your-newly-rooted-rose

Suggested materials:

  • Empty water bottle  (recycle)
  • Rooting hormone  (garden supply)
  • Old panty hose  (recycle)
See all materials

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Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


Have a question about this project?

3 of 10 questions
  • Lilian
    on Oct 8, 2016

    Can you use this method year round?

    • Flower Patch Farmhouse
      on Oct 9, 2016

      It needs to be during the active growing season, I doubt it would work when the plant is dormant but I have never tried it.

  • Bonnie
    on Oct 25, 2016

    What is the best paint to use on rocks that are kept outside all year long?

    • Flower Patch Farmhouse
      on Oct 25, 2016

      I use craft acrylics but finish with an exterior waterbased varathane. I like Rustoleum Spar Urethane varathane the best. Make sure to cover the entire rock with the varathane, not just over the painted part. Some people like to use an exterior craft paint like PatioPaint or something similar. I have not used those so I cannot say whether they last any better than the regular ones coated with the varathane.

  • Chr4253387
    on Mar 14, 2017

    Is it ok if the stem has roses growing on it or must it be a shoot without flowers?

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  • Shelly
    on Sep 24, 2016

    Thank you for such helpful information and the Roses are Beautiful.

  • Derri
    on Oct 8, 2016


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