How to Propagate Roses From Cuttings

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30 Minutes

Roses are one of my favorite flowers.

They are absolutely beautiful and smell heavenly.

In my humble opinion, one can never have too many roses.

I found these beauties at the grocery store, of all places.

Blush pink, butter yellow and a loverly rose pink (of course) – la vie en rose.


Since I already fell so in love with these beauties, I just NEEDED to grow some of my own for my cottage garden.

My potted rose bushes did not survive the cold Chicagoland winter, so I definitely need more roses in my garden this year.

Now, you may be asking how is it possible for me to have these roses grow in my garden? After all, they are CUT long stem roses.

Did you know that you can propagate roses from the long stem roses you purchase at the grocery store? (This works on garden cuttings, too)

Yes, loverlies, you can. This is the most amazing gardening tip and I am so excited to share it with you.

Here’s what how you doit:

If you are taking cuttings from a floral arrangement, take the bottom 6 inches off the stem when you are trimming.

Taking the cutting right away will help ensure a better result.

  • Sharp garden shears
  • rooting hormone
  • empty water jug
  • potting soil
  • pot for planting
Cutting from long stem roses

Remove all the leaves from the cutting and then place the cuttings into a jar filled with water.

Then get side tracked because you are working on 50 projects all at the same time.

By the time you go back and check on the stems after a week, or two, you can see the viable ones have started to grow new leaves!

It may look like a jar full of stems now, but they will soon be beautiful rose bushes.

But not TOO soon, mother nature needs time to make magic.

Once your leaves start popping out, it is time to plant them.

Fill your pots with potting soil and use your finger to make holes in the dirt to place the stems.

Then dip about an inch of the stem bottom into the Rooting hormone. Tap off the excess Rooting hormone and stick it in the pot.

You can get rooting hormone from your local nursery, home improvement store or an and have it shipped to your front door.

After dipping them in the rooting hormone, I added 3 rose cuttings per pot.

If you have smaller pots, you can always use those.

Once you have your stems dipped in rooting hormone and planted, we need to create a green house environment.

Water your roses, the water will help them pull nutrients from the soil and encourage roots to grow.

Then CAREFULLY cut the bottom off a clear water jug with a sharp pair of scissors and place it on top of your stems.

After a couple more weeks, I checked to see if they were ready to be transplanted to bigger pots by tugging on the stem. If they resist a bit, the roots are staring to take hold.

Look at those beautiful roots and the new leaf growth.

I transplanted 2 new plants to large pots to give the roots plenty of room to grow. A mix of mushroom compost and potting soil makes a good base.

They look so small in the giant planters, but they will start growing pretty fast as the weather warms up.

Since I just transplanted the rose cuttings, I am not sure if I will get roses this year.

I am sure hoping that I do get a few blooms.

Since I didn’t label the stems, it is going to be a surprise when they start blooming. I can’t wait to see which colors I ended up with! I will update you mid summer and thru out the rest of the year and let you know how it goes.

If you love gardening, check out some of my other gardening tips.

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  • Kathy Kathy on Mar 26, 2023

    I have read you can dip the stems in powdered cinnamon, like you get in a jar of cinnamon spice from the grocery store. Has anyone tried this?

  • Barb Brown Barb Brown on Mar 26, 2023

    How do you make mushroom compost?

  • Julie, Dunnellon Florida Julie, Dunnellon Florida on Mar 26, 2023

    Thanks for sharing, I hope to try.

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