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The Best Method to Sprout a Rose Bush Cutting

    • 1). Harvest your cuttings in the mid to late fall when the temperatures have cooled and you can still identify the flowers on the roses from which you're taking the cuttings.

    • 2). Cut the end of stems that have bloomed but have not been deadheaded. Place the cut 6 to 8 inches down the stem. Snip off the old flower head or rose hips, placing the cut on the bias just above the first pair of green, healthy leaves. Keep the cutting moist and cool until you're ready to root it. A zip-top bag with a wet paper towel and a few ice cubes will help when the weather is warmer.

    • 3). Cut the foliage off of the lower third of the cutting but leave the top foliage in place. Wet the bottom 2 inches of your cutting in clean water and dip it into rooting hormone powder to coat it evenly. Tap off the excess powder.

    • 4). Choose a ground site in the garden with a morning sun but afternoon shade exposure and well-tilled soil. To use the pot method, prepare a small plastic nursery pot with fresh, sterile and moist potting mix. Select a growing site for the pot with the same sun and shade exposure as the ground planting.

    • 5). Poke a hole in the planting soil with a pencil so you can insert the cutting without brushing off all of the rooting hormone. Stick the cutting in the hole so at least 2 and preferably 3 inches are buried. Firm the soil around the cutting to keep it perpendicular to the soil surface.

    • 6). Water the soil until drenched. Stick two dowels in the soil on either side of the cutting and drape a clear plastic bag over the cutting and soil to form a makeshift greenhouse or low-budget garden cloche.

    • 7). Check on the cutting every two to three days to ensure the soil is very moist to wet, adding water as needed throughout the winter and early spring. In mid to late spring, after the last hard frost has passed, uncover the cutting. Keep the soil moist at all times until the cutting is roughly a year old. If you're using the pot method, keep the cutting in a sunny location with some afternoon shade.

    • 8). Transplant the new rose plants in the late fall or winter of their first year to their permanent homes. Choose a site protected from heavy wind, with morning sun and afternoon shade. Use a good quality organic rose food in the spring. Some plants grown from cuttings will produce blooms as early as their second year.

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