Most people buy roses that are already grafted, but they can be propagated by sticking them 3 to 4 inches into the ground and letting them grow on their own root stock. Discover how commercial rose growers work with top root stock with help from an urban horticulturist and gardening adviser in this free video on growing roses.
Hi I'm Stan DeFreitas, Mr. Green Thumb. How do you propagate roses? Well most of us buy roses already grafted but let's say you wanted to take a rose cutting. You could take this rose and probably stick it into the ground and put it in about three or four inches. You might go ahead and kind of cut off the top part of it as well because the flower probably wouldn't do too much for you but if you took this, put it into a good soil, you can grow most roses on their own root stock. Now I am going to warn you that you probably should add a good peat type peat cow manure, maybe some pearl lite, you want a real sterile soil. You don't want to try to grow this rose in your back yard soil because there is things like nematodes and fungus that will probably cause you trouble. But many of the climbers and most of the miniatures are raised on their own cuttings. When you get into many of the floribundas and the hybrid teas typically they are grafted onto a root stock. In other words they take good scion of what they like and they put it on to a top root stock below. By grafting it you get the best of both. That's one of the ways that many of the commercial rose growers grow their best roses. For askmrgreenthumb.com, I'm Stan DeFreitas.