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How To Grow Roses From Cuttings In Water

by Idris Ya'u
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Growing roses is a fun activity, however, most people are unaware that this plant can be grown from cuttings. In this article, I’ll be explaining how to grow roses from cuttings in water.

Before I proceed, let me shed a bit more light on growing roses from cuttings. Roses are the flower garden’s ruling royalty, therefore cutting propagation may appear to be out.

However, this is far from the case. Cuttings were once used to pass down ancient rose cultivars from successive generations, and any rose that develops on its roots can be reproduced this way.

What roses do not have their roots? Certain rose cultivars are grafted onto sturdier, hardier rootstock. You’ll receive the cultivar’s actual roots if you remove a cutting from a grafted rose, which may or may not produce the plant you desire.

How To Grow Roses From Cuttings

The greatest time to collect rose cuttings for propagation, per the researchers at Texas A&M University, is during the winter months, however, you can take cuttings at any time of year. As a result, the best time to act is between November and February.

The following are the processes involved in growing roses from cuttings.

For your cuttings, choose the healthiest, most lively plants possible, preferably stems that have already flowered and are prepared to be deadheaded. Picking brown stems is not recommended.

Select stem cuttings that are 6 to 8 inches long and at least as dense as a pencil with sharp, sanitized hand pruners.

Cut straight through the slightly enlarged portion where the stem branches from a bigger stem at an angle. Across the surface of the steak, make a straight incision.

Read also: How To Grow Roses From Cuttings Using Potatoes

How To Grow Roses From Cuttings In Water

So how can you now grow roses from cuttings in water? The following are steps taken to grow roses from cuttings in water.

Rose water propagation is most successful in the early summer. Ascertain that the parent plant is healthy and free of pests and diseases. Cut a rose stem that measures 4 to 6 inches (10-15 cm) long with a clean knife or pruners.

Cut directly below the node, which is where a leaf joins the stem. Pinch off the bottom two or three leaves, but leave the upper two or three whole. Also, get rid of any blossoms or buds you might have.

Put the rose cuttings in a hygienic jar halfway filled with room temperature water. Make sure there are no leaves in the water or the rose stem may decay.

Placing the jar under bright, indirect sunlight will help it to last longer. Freshwater should be added every three to five days, or if the water begins to smell sour. It takes three to four weeks to root roses in water, so don’t quit if you don’t see roots right away. Rose water cultivation may take longer.

When the roots are 2 to 4 inches (5-10 cm) long, place them in a tiny pot with fresh potting soil. Make sure the pot’s bottom has a drainage hole.

Put the rooted cutting into the potting mix after lightly moistening it. Set the rose cutting back in a bright, indirect light source. Avoid bright, direct light.

Keep the potting soil moist but not soggy by watering the young rose bush as necessary. After a few minutes, remove the drainage saucer and never leave the pot submerged in water.


I hope you find this article helpful. I would like to hear from you. So, let me know if you have any questions about growing roses from cuttings in water.


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