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How to take rose cuttings

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Roses can be grown successfully from cuttings and will grow on to make good flowering plants.

Choose healthy stems of the current season’s growth and follow our step-by-step advice to be sure of success. Roots will be produced over the winter months so that the rose cuttings can be potted in spring or early summer next season.

Discover how to take rose cuttings, below. 

You will need

  • Rose plant
  • Secateurs
  • Rooting hormone (liquid or powder)
  • Pots
  • Gritty compost mix made from equal parts horticultural grit (or perlite) and multi-purpose compost
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Step 1

You can take cuttings from any type of rose you choose, but just make sure you select long, strong, healthy stems from this season’s growth, not old wood.

Step 2

Make the cuttings 25cm long, cutting above a bud at the top to remove the shoot tip and below one at the base. Leave one leaf at the top and remove all the lower leaves.

Step 3

Dip the base of the cutting into rooting hormone mixture. Insert several cuttings into a large pot of gritty compost.

Step 4

Water well, place the pot in a shaded spot and leave until cuttings have rooted. Keep the compost moist. Pot up rose plants individually when well rooted, probably next summer.

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If you don’t have space for pots, you can root cuttings directly into the soil in the garden.