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.
Tips and warnings
- Take several cuttings, as some of the cuttings may fail to root.