Starting a rose bush from a cutting

Asked June 14, 2014, 7:13 PM EDT

My Grandma's house has a very old rose bush (a moss rose) that you can no longer purchase. We are about to sell her home and want to be able to create rose bushes for family members before it is sold. How do I go about trying to get the stems to root?

Washington County Oregon roses horticulture

1 Response

You can successfully root rose stems at various times of year. To ensure that you meet your needs, I suggest you start an excess. The basics for each cutting are to take a length of stem, remove any flower buds or flowers, then insert into moist container mix. You’ll find the details in “Rose Propagation From Cuttings” at http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/southerngarden/roseprop.html as well as “Propagating Roses By Cuttings” at http://ucanr.edu/sites/UC_Master_Gardeners/files/23469.pdf