How to Propagate Roses From Stem Cuttings

Our Guide to Growing Roses will teach you all you need to know, from planting to pruning the flowers to trimming, and everything in between. In addition, we provide guidance on the varieties of roses that are most suitable for cultivation, as well as pointers on how to manage common rose diseases and insects, such as Japanese beetles.


The rose is known as the “birth flower” of June. It should not come as a surprise since rose bushes typically reach their full potential during May, but many varieties will continue to bloom from the end of May through the beginning of autumn.


There are many different kinds of rose bushes, including climbing roses, tiny rose plants, and standard-sized rose bushes. According to the year in which they were first cultivated, roses may be categorized into the following classes:

Old roses often known as “old-fashioned roses” and “heirloom roses,” are defined as those roses that were first cultivated prior to the year 1867. These are the luxuriant and dependably fragrant roses that may be seen in the paintings of historical painters. There are hundreds of vintage rose types, each with its own unique characteristics and levels of disease resistance, giving options suitable for both hot and moderate climbs.

After their introduction in 1867, modern hybrid roses have been developed to have desirable characteristics such as color, shape, size, and smell. They are also exceptionally hardy and resistant to disease. One of the most well-liked hybrids is the hybrid tea rose, which has one very enormous blossom atop a particularly long cutting stem.

Roses that have been growing in the wild for many thousands of years are considered to be species, often known as wild roses. These wild roses, which have been domesticated for use in contemporary gardens, typically bloom from spring until the beginning of summer. The majority of rose species only produce a single flower per stem.

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Making a decision when there are so many options available may be a difficult job. Spend some time appreciating the glory of roses by gently browsing around nurseries.

When can you plant roses?


  • Planting bare-root roses as soon as they are received is highly recommended. They are often sent out towards the beginning of spring when plants are still in their entirely dormant state and long before they have any leaves on them. When they arrive, they will resemble a cluster of sticks in appearance.
  • Take note that they have just gone dormant and are not dead! Make sure that the cloth that they were packed in is moist, and store them in a cold, dark area until you are ready to plant them.
  • Plant bare-root roses as soon as the soil can be worked in the spring in areas that have a colder winter.
  • If you live in a warmer climate, the best time to plant bare-root roses is in the early spring or late autumn, when the plant is in its dormant state.
  • If you want the greatest results from your potted roses, you should plant them as soon as possible after purchasing them (late spring is ideal).
  • On the other hand, you may plant them at almost any time throughout the growth season; you just need to make sure that you give them enough water, particularly in the summer.

Where to plant roses?

Place your rose bushes in a location where they will get at least six hours of sun each day. The light in the morning is particularly beneficial since it dries the leaves, which helps prevent illnesses from developing. 

where to plant roses


Roses that are only exposed to a portion of the sun may not kill immediately, but they will progressively decline, producing blooms of poorer quality and failing to survive the winter.

Keep in mind that the light changes during the seasons as a result of the changing angle of the sun. If you reside in the northern portion of the United States, you should choose a location that receives full sunlight throughout the whole year. 

The amount of blooms that your plants produce is directly proportional to the amount of sunlight they get. Pick locations in the southern part of the United States that provide a little bit of shade in the afternoon. This shield blooms from the blazing heat of the sun and helps your flowers survive for a longer period of time.

Air circulation

Consider growing roses near to the base of your house if you are in a region that experiences a cooler environment. The plants get some degree of shelter from the harsh winter weather as a result of this. Walkways are another nice option, but only if the sun is shining directly on them.

Be careful to provide enough space between each rose if you want to grow more than one. Maintaining enough air circulation might be helpful in warding off fungal illnesses like downy and powdery mildew.


Roses require soil that has good drainage but also keeps moisture for an extended period of time, allowing the plant’s roots to take part of it up. The failure to provide sufficient drainage is one of the most serious errors that may be made. Roses do not enjoy it when their feet are damp or chilly.

Roses thrive on well-drained, sandy soil that has a loose, loamy texture. When there is an excessive amount of clay, the roots might get waterlogged. You will need to conduct some amending if the soil you are working with is not already loose and loamy when you begin.

Soil pH level

Roses thrive on soil with a pH ranging from 5.5 to 7.0 in a slightly acidic environment. A pH of 6.5 is considered to be roughly ideal for the majority of home gardening.

The present value of your pH may be determined with the use of an accurate soil test. When dealing with acidic (sour) soil, the use of finely powdered limestone is recommended, while alkaline (sweet) soil should be treated with ground sulfur.

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How to Propagate Roses From Stem Cuttings


  • Put on some tough gloves to shield your hands from the spikes that may be there. 
  • Keep all of your gardening equipment, as well as a hose or jug of water, close at hand.
  • Before planting bare-root roses, first, submerge them in a jug of water for eight to twelve hours.
  • Reduce the number of buds on each stalk to between three and five. It is necessary to eliminate any stalks that are thinner than a pencil.
  • Before planting roses that were grown in containers, you need to first loosen the roots.
  • When you plant the rose, be sure to dig a hole that is far larger than you think you will need (the planting hole for most varieties of roses should be around 15 to 18 inches wide), and add a substantial amount of organic matter such as aged manure, or compost.
  • After planting, be sure to water them well.
  • To shield the rose from the elements as it adjusts to its new environment, mound up some loose dirt around the canes.
  • Calcium and iron are two nutrients that roses find beneficial, and some seasoned gardeners advocate adding a piece of gypsum wallboard measuring four inches on a side and a penny nail to the hole.
  • If you want to plant more than one rose bush, leave some space between each rose bush. When planting roses, you should leave approximately two-thirds of the estimated height between each plant. 
  • Miniature roses may be planted much closer together than old-fashioned garden roses, which need more room.


  • If you want the roses to keep blossoming for a longer period of time after they have bloomed, make sure to deadhead them regularly. Because each leaf includes a growth bud, removing spent flower blooms prompts the plant to produce more flowers rather than seeds, which allows the plant to save its resources.
  • It is important to deadhead flowers a minimum of once a week and sometimes even every day in the middle of summer.
  • In order to deadhead, trim the plant back to the first leaf that is located below the spent blossom. Following that, a fresh shoot will develop from this point.
  • In addition to doing regular deadheading, ensure that the beds are always clean. It is important to clear the area surrounding the rose bush of any trash that might potentially house illness or insects.
  • Stopping the practice of deadheading rugosas late in the growing season allows for the formation of hips on the plants, which may then be plucked, dried on screens out of direct sunlight, and placed in a sealed jar for later use.
  • If you want to avoid encouraging new growth at a time when new stems may be harmed by the cold, you should stop deadheading all of your rose bushes about three to four weeks before the first severe frost.

Adequate watering

  • Carefully water your flowers. When the weather is dry throughout the summer, be sure to soak the whole root zone at least 2 times a week.
  • It’s best to stay well clear of repeated shallow waterings since they won’t get to the strong roots and may stimulate fungal growth. In the autumn, you should cut down on the quantity of water that roses get, but you shouldn’t let them go entirely dry.
  • Roses like water, but you should take care not to submerge them. That is, they do not like being submerged in water, and they will expire if the soil is too moist during the winter months.
  • The ideal soil is one that is both rich and loose and has excellent drainage. The failure to provide sufficient drainage is one of the most serious errors that may be made.
  • Mulch should be used all around your roses. Applying a layer of chopped and crushed leaves, shredded bark, or grass clippings around the base of the roses will help save water, decrease stress, and support healthy growth.
  • This layer should be between 2 and 4 inches thick. It is recommended to leave a gap of approximately 1 inch between the mulch and the base of the plant’s stem. 

Feed rose

Artificial liquid fertilizers have a tendency to encourage plants’ growth that is soft and fragile, and the foliage that results from this sort of plant development might attract aphids and other types of pests. 

Instead, you should depend on manure and natural fertilizers to nourish your plants before the blooming cycle as well as while it is in progress.

You might apply a well-balanced granular fertilizer once per month between the months of April and July (5-10-5 or 5-10-10). Set out three-quarters to one cup for each shrub, and sprinkle the fertilizer along the drip line rather than directly against the stem.

Scratch in an extra scoop of Epsom salts along with the fertilizer throughout the months of May and June. The magnesium sulfate included in the Epsom salts will promote new growth from the base of the bush.

The peels of bananas are an excellent source of calcium, sulfur, magnesium, and phosphates, all of which are beneficial to rose plants. (It is important to keep in mind that in order for your roses to experience the advantages of bananas, it will take much more time than it would with pure soil amendments.)

Here are three different ways to prepare them for serving:

  • At the bottom of each shrub, attach a piece of peel there.
  • Lie a rotten banana that has become black and mushy next to each bush.
  • After chopping the peels and allowing them to steep for 2 weeks in a container of water while the lid is on, pour the resulting concoction beneath each bush.

How to overwinter roses


  • When October comes around, do not prune your roses. Remove any canes that are sick or dead by cutting them off.
  • It is important to keep the rose beds clean in order to avoid infections from remaining during the winter. Dormant spray should be used for one last application in the fight against fungus.
  • Stop feeding the plants six weeks before the first autumn frost, but continue to water them throughout the dry weather of fall. This will help the plants remain healthy during the dry winter.
  • After the ground has been frozen a few times, but before it completely does so, add mulch or manure around the roses.
  • Enclosing the plant in a durable mesh cylinder and filling it with compost, dry wood chips, mulch,  pine needles, or chopped leaves is recommended for locations that experience winter temperatures that remain below freezing throughout the season.
  • Maple leaves should not be used as mulch because they can encourage the growth of mold.