Propagate roses from cuttings
Roses are one of the most familiar plants in a garden with the most beautiful flowers. Few people are aware that it is actually rather easy to propagate them yourself. If you have pretty roses in your garden, you can make many more plants with our ‘How to’ steps. There are however two important things to remember: 1. Make sure that you never propagate from roses that have royalties or protective rights - this is not allowed. 2. Remember that roses from a rose nursery will always last years longer and be more resistant to diseases. This is due to a different process of propagation where the nursery will first root a rootstock and bud a rose cultivar on the rootstock.
1. Cut your shoots
Start by looking for healthy rose shoots (about pencil thickness or thicker) and cut them in lengths of 15-20cm.
2. Remove leaves and flowers
Remove any flowers from the cutting and all leaves on the bottom half of the cutting.
3. Make a cut
It is important to always make the cut to the rose stem at a slight angle to help water run-off and prevent diseases at the top of the cutting. Make an extra cut into the bottom of the stem, about 1 cm in length. This will enlarge the wounded area in order to absorb more hormone powder and increase the area to callus and grow roots. If you are making use of hormone powder, apply this immediately to the cutting after making the cut.
4. Place your cutting
Now is the time to place your rose cuttings in a well-draining soil mix into a pot or either, directly in the soil.
5. Group cuttings
The closer you group your cuttings together, the more you will maximize space whilst allowing the cuttings to shelter each other.
6. Give water
Water well after you have planted your cuttings and repeat watering daily until the roots are well established.
7. Replant rooted cuttings
Replant the rooted cuttings while dormant (usually during winter time when they dropped their leaves) into individual pots for another year before planting them into the garden or rose bed. It can take 2-3 years before a flower appears! Gardening is patience.