Using Clippings to Grow Rose Bushes

What You'll Need
Rose bush
Sharp grafting knife
Clear Vase
Small pot

A rose is a beautiful flower that can force even the most ignorant person to fall in love with its perfect form and fragrance. Rose bushes can be grown from seeds or by clippings from another rose bush or plant.

Follow these steps to grow rose bushes from clippings.

Step 1 – Get Rose Clipping

Get a clipping from a rose bush or plant that you want to grow in your garden. Make sure it is at least 6 to 8 inches long. Use a grafting knife to cut the stem in a straight slant. Remove all the leaves from the stem.

Step 2 – Place Clipping in Vase

Fill a long clear vase halfway up with water or moist vermiculite and place your cut stem in it. The cut edge of the stem can dry within minutes, so make sure you have you vase ready the minute you cut it.

To encourage the rooting process, place the vase indoors in a warm but shaded area for 4 to 6 weeks, avoiding direct sunlight.

Step 3 – Wait for Rooting to Occur

After about 4 weeks, you will notice small roots forming below the base of the stem in the vase.

Cautiously add fresh water every few days so you do not damage the delicate roots.

Step 4 - Transfer Rose to a Pot

The roots will continue to grow in the vase. When they are about 4 inches long, plant the rose clipping into a small pot. To do this, purchase a small plastic, terracotta or clay pot with adequate drainage holes in the bottom. Roses can drown or suffer from root rot if the pot lacks proper drainage. Mix equal parts compost and sand with a trowel and place into the pot.

Lift the rose gently from the vase and place it into the pot, covering its roots and a few inches of the stem with the potting mix.

Do not place the pot directly under bright sunlight, especially if it has been indoors during the rooting process, but acclimatize the rose slowly. Begin by placing it in a brightly lit room in your house for a week, and then place it in a shady spot outdoors before finally planting it in its permanent place.

Step 5 – Caring for the Rose Bush

Remember to water the rose frequently to keep the soil evenly moist.

After a week or two you will notice small leaves beginning to form on your rose bush. You can now place your pot in a well-sheltered part of your yard or garden.

Step 6 – Transplant Outdoors

Transplant the rose bush outdoors to its final sunny location once you notice your plant vigorously growing. Rose bush growth could take up to 4 months if you started the clipping in spring or summer, and 9 months or more if you started it in the winter.

You can enjoy your rose bush for many years once you plant it in its final location. You can propagate several different types of rose bushes this way. Give them proper care and you will have success with all of them.