How to make rose cuttings

Updated March 23, 2017

Roses make a beautiful addition to the garden and are fairly easy to propagate when you want to grow more. You can use rose cuttings to propagate the flower -- cuttings taken at any point in the year will work, although cuttings taken in the autumn will have to be kept indoors until the spring. Always use a healthy plant when taking cuttings, and you will successfully create a healthy new plant for your garden.

Clean a pair of pruning shears, secateurs or a knife.

Select a bloom on the rose bush with a stem diameter no smaller than a pencil.

Locate the enlarged area of the stem, near the bottom, where the stem branches from a larger stem.

Cut through the stem at the enlarged point, leaving a small portion of the enlargement on the plant so a new bloom can emerge.

Cut the stem down to 10 to 15 cm. Remove all the leaves.

Dip the angled cut of the stem in water and then into a rooting hormone. Shake off all the excess hormone.

Place the stem in potting compost about halfway up the stem. Keep the soil moist, but not wet. Transplant the stem to a 12.5 cm pot in the spring once new growth emerges.


Take several cuttings, as some of the cuttings may fail to root.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruning shears or secateurs
  • Rooting hormone
  • Potting compost
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