Rose bush cuttings

Asked February 22, 2019, 1:57 PM EST

Hello, my parents have a rose bush on their farm that was planted nearly 100 years ago. It even got bulldozed from its original location and is now growing in another. I would like to take cutting from it, but am unsure as when is the best time to do this. Thanks for your help! Gwen

Calhoun County Michigan

1 Response

According to research the best time to take a cutting is about 6 weeks after new growth starts or around the middle of June. These are called softwood cuttings. If there are flower buds on your cuttings remove them. Cuttings that are taken in late summer or early fall take longer to root and may not be well established in time for winter.