I have to say, I did a happy dance the moment I discovered just how EASY it is to propagate roses from cuttings. They are so expensive at garden centres but we buy them anyway because who doesn’t love a rose?
Turns out the price tag isn’t even justified when from one plant you can make a dozen baby plants with ingredients you have at home. Usually, when propagating from cuttings you’ll need some sort of rooting hormone to help stimulate the cutting to grow roots. Most roses however already contain their own rooting hormone called auxin so adding your own isn’t compulsory.
It does speed things up though.
Spring is a great time to propagate roses as new growth is in full swing. You can cut off any part of the rose stem and it may root, but for best results take a firm and young stem, with some leaves. Roses will root best if you leave some leaves on so photosynthesis can occur.
Now you can dip this cutting into a rooting hormone if you wish. You can get some great store bought ones, or make your own.
Home Made Rooting Hormones Mixes
- Honey water. 1 Cup of boiled water with 1 tsp of honey dissolved into it. Let it cool down and dip your cuttings into it. Honey is a great natural root stimulator and is anti-bacterial so your cuttings stay disease free.
- Cinnamon. A quick dip in some cinnamon powder will stimulate root growth, plus cinnamon is inexpensive and easy to source.
- Willow water. If you have a willow tree, soaking some leaves in water over-night makes a great rooting solution.
Once your cuttings are ready you can plant them in a pot in a warm sunny space to grow. If you’re doing this in late spring, another option is to plant them straight into their final position as the weather is getting warmer and sunnier.
Keep your cuttings moist. After about 4 weeks they will start forming callouses which will form the roots. You want to leave your cuttings undisturbed while they are doing this but for information sake, I took one out to show you what the callouses look like.
After about 3 months you can replant the cuttings.
Once you open the doors to the world of propagating you’ll see the possibilities are endless. Roses make a great starting point though. As long as you have a bit of patience, they’re nearly full proof.
Have you tried this? What other plants have you propagated?