How to Start a Rose Bush From a Cutting

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Rose bushes can be started from cuttings simply by cutting the stems off at an angle, dipping the cut end in honey and planting it in wet soil. Get a rose cutting to start growing roots with helpful information from a sustainable gardener in this free video on roses.

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,Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we're going to talk about how to start a rose bush from a cutting. Now I trimmed back my compact roses and now I have all these little starts all over and I've actually thrown them into my compost pile, put some compost on top and a lot of time it'll root it right into the compost pile, and turn around and plant them somewhere else. But starting a rose bush from a cutting is very very easy. First of all, if theres spent flowers, I like to cut those right off. And when you want to start a new plant too, I don't want it to be too big as well. Cause sometimes if they're too big or lanky, they don't start as well, if you're putting them in a small pot. But yet you could put larger starts right into a bucket of water and they will start to grow roots. When you're cutting a stem off from where it's meeting, make sure that where there's a leaf--right where that line is--cut it at a angle. And you can put that right into water and it'll start to grow roots real quickly. Within a few weeks you'll have roots. And it's as easy as that. Or another method that I found that works really well is to just take a start and dip it in honey--just simple honey. And it's great because it's a good rooting agent. You can buy all different types of rooting agents, but in the end something like honey, I think, works really well because it's full of sugar, it has a great bonding agent, and it's organic. So now you cover the bottom with honey, stick it in water so that's moist, and then you stick it right into the soil. And I like to make sure it's down at least an inch, inch and a half--even two inches--so that it's enough room to really root. Now once it's in the pot you want to keep that really moist. You don't want to let it dry out at all cause you'll lose that rose. And a lot of times I'll put it on a plate or a tray so it's actually sitting in water. At the same time once they've set some roots, and it's starting to do well, you don't want to be too wet either because it might start to rot. As soon as you've got some roots, you can turn around and transplant it into the soil and you can have your own rose that you propagated all by yourself.


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