Asked on May 1, 2017

How to start a rose bush from a stem rose?

C.B.Hillela G.


I have six stem roses taken from flower arrangements that I would like to start rose bushes with. Hopefully. I know it can be done. I have been told three ways that I could do it and I would like to get your opinions on the best way.

1. I found this on a YouTube: Cut the bloom off and right below a nodule at an angle. Needs to be 6-8 inches. Remove about half of the stems (if several). Take a deep container and fill with Pearlite. Add water, do not overfill. Dip rose stem cutting into water, then into rooting hormone (he used Rootone NO. 10 but I could only find Garden Safe TakeRoot) about an inch or less. Knock off excess. Make a hole in Pearlite and insert rose stem cutting. Pack Pearlite around cutting. Cover in plastic or put in green house and mist with water. Will take 6-8 weeks to root.

2. My best friend/her mother told me to do this: Remove all stems. Dip in rooting hormone and put in potting soil.

3. A coworker told me to do this: Cut bloom off and right below a nodule at an angle. 6-8 inches needed. Leave stems. Add potting soil and some Pearlite to container. Dip in rooting hormone and insert into potting soil/pearlite mixture. Keep soil damp and do not over water. Put outside in indirect sunlight.

If you know a better way, please comment! These have sentimental value and I would love to be able to start a bush and keep them forever. Thank you in advance!
2 answers
  • Hillela G.
    on May 2, 2017

    That sounds awesome, I can't wait to see how it comes out!
  • C.B.
    on May 4, 2017

    Great share Hillela !!! We always trimmed the stem at an angle, peeled the green tissue off in at least 3 places around the stem & dipped into 'Root Starter" then into a pot of soil [kept moist until well rooted].
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