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4 Steps For Growing Rose Plants From Cuttings

4 Steps For Growing Rose Plants From Cuttings

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Roses are a beloved part of any garden. They do need quite a bit of TLC, but they reward you with colorful flowers throughout the season.

Yet, there is one thing about them that is more than simple – growing them from cuttings. It will yield you new plants in as little as 20 days, so it’s worth a shot.

Here’s how you can propagate your roses from cuttings and spread these bushes among your friends, family, or your garden.

Let’s get started!

#1 Take Cuttings

I know you can grow red roses from buds, but cuttings are way simpler. Choose a healthy branch and take as many cuttings as you want.

Cut them at a 45° angle and ensure they are around 6 inches long.

Afterwards, you can dip them in turmeric to prevent fungal growth and give your roses the best chance of success. Of course, you don’t have to use turmeric. You can turn to cinnamon, rooting hormones, or use nothing. It’s up to you!

P.S. Mark the bottom side because this will help you with planting!

#2 Prepare The Pot

Once your cuttings are ready, it is time to prepare the pot. Whether you want to multiply orange rose varieties or any other type, it is crucial to choose a planter large enough to fit all the cuttings.

(Or you can opt for multiple smaller pots.)

Plug the drainage holes of your container with small rocks if there are any. At this stage, we want to reduce drainage a bit (though, not completely). This technique will prevent the soil from coming out and ensure you don’t overwater your cuttings.

Then, fill the planter with a seed-starting mix, river sand, compost, and coco coir, or your favorite blend for propagating cuttings.

#3 Plant The Cuttings

Now the real fun begins. Once everything is ready, you can go ahead and plant the cuttings.

The process is the same for all species, whether you have green rose varieties or any other type.

Stick the part dipped in turmeric into the mix. If you haven’t used any rooting hormone, make sure that the bottom is in the soil. 

Plants can only grow roots from one side and the leaves from the other, so we don’t want to confuse the cutting and destroy our propagation.

#4 Ensure Proper Moisture

There are many useful tips for growing container roses, but the care for cuttings is a little bit different from the care for adult plants.

Once you plant your rose cuttings, spray them with water. This will prevent overwatering, but still keep them moist. 

You do have to make sure the growing medium is damp all the way through to the bottom!

Then, take a plastic bottle, bag, or a humidity dome and cover your cuttings. This technique will ensure they get all the moisture they need to produce new roots.

Remember, if the cuttings dry out, your propagation will fail.

Take your pots to a spot with indirect sunlight, and that’s it. In about 20 days, you’ll notice new leaves growing from the cuttings. This is a sign they have rooted and that you can transplant them to their individual pots.

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