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Growing Roses from Cuttings
Can You Grow Roses From Cuttings? Sometimes.
Photo: © Marie Iannotti (2007) licensed to About.com, Inc.

Ever wonder if you could root and grow roses from a branch of your favorite rose bush? Roses actually root rather easily. However most roses are grafted onto the rootstock of a different kind of rose, for strength, disease resistance or hardiness and even if you get something resembling the parent rose you took your cutting from, it might not have that rose's hardiness.

How about trying to root a cut rose from a bouquet? These are harder to root, since they've been grown in controlled environments. And cut roses that have been sitting in water have already expended a lot of energy in blooming. There's also still the grafting dilemma. There's no guarantee your rose will thrive, even it if does root.

That said, you have nothing to lose by trying.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Rose Cuttings
  • Pruners
  • Rooting Hormone (available in most garden centers)
  • Container with Sand or a Soil-less Potting Mix
  • Plastic Bag (to cover the container)
  • Water
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