About Your Rose Stem Cuttings
You will get cuttings that are
about 6" to 8" in length, and about a pencil thickness or thinner. Some may even
be thicker. They will have buds and nodes on them and are NOT the stems from the upper
flowering part (which I find do not as readily root).
may leave a few leaves at the top, but most likely they will die off, so I may take off
All flowers/rose hips are cut off to prevent decomposing rot in transit.
I like to take the thorns off to make it less hazardous when handling them, but still,
there may be thorns or tiny sharp hairs that I missed so use care when handling them. The
stems are washed in very diluted mild dish detergent.
Pesticides No Herbicides No Rooting Hormones
don't use pesticides or herbicides growing my roses, and the stem cuttings are NOT treated
with rooting hormone as they may also contain a fungicide.
like to make it easier for you The cuttings are cleaned and ready to plant when you
take it out of the bag.
Your rose stem cuttings are wrapped & individually labeled by name. The bottom cut
ends are at the bottom of the plastic bag and rubberbanded, so if you keep this
orientation you will know which is the bottom to insert into water or soil.
Before You Unwrap Your Stem Cuttings
Note which ends are the bottom (they will be towards the bottom of the
plastic bag so that the ends can absorb the bit of water, and rubberbanded to keep the
ends from drying too quickly.
Take care when unwrapping as the roses may have sharp thorns.
You may choose to recut the bottom ends, but I don't find it necessary
unless it is rotted.
How to Tell Which Rose Cutting End is Up
The Bud (^-shaped) will always be above the Node ring (sometimes a darker
line around the stem, and/or a wider bump).
Soak the Cuttings (optional)
Fill a clean jar halfway or more with water.
Place the cut ends of the roses making sure the ends are in water.
Leave the cuttings in for a week or two or longer.
I like to leave my cuttings in the water for even 1-3 months.
You may wish to change out the water periodically, but I rarely do, if it gets to that
point, I just plant them in soil.
During my move, I had cut several rose branches and placed them in a grocery paper bag in
my garage--only to have forgotten to bring them home for a week. The branches had been in
a broiling hot enclosed garage without water, and needless to say, they looked pretty
dried out to a crisp. But I didn't want to just toss them out yet (these were the climbing
Charisma roses), so I got an empty plastic detergent tub and completely immersed the stems
for 2 weeks (no changing water). Then I stuck them into soil and hoped for the best. Well,
I got about a 50% survival rate.
Plant the Cuttings
Stick the stem cuttings about 2"-3" into a pot of garden soil,
or enough to keep it from tilting over.
Water well and let the water drain out. Water again when top of soil turns
For the first two weeks I like to water once a
day, and the third and fourth weeks every other day.
Keep in shade to partial filtered sun until new shoots have sprouted from
the buds, and then move the growing cuttings into sun, and avoid hot afternoon sun. You
will know if the young shoots dry up.
Your roses may have its first bloom in about 6 months from placing into
You may even wish to cut your cuttings down to 3" to 4" and double your plants,
but they will be more prone to rot or dry up faster if you let the soil dry too long. The
cuttings that are 6" to 8" seem to do much better, and if cuttings are even
longer, the water has a longer length to travel up and down, and the cutting may end up
more dehyrated with the upper part dying off. So 6" to 8" is a happy medium.
MOST OF ALL, HAVE FUN
& HAPPY GROWING!