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How To Grow Roses From Cuttings Without Rooting Hormones

by Idris Ya'u
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In this article, you’ll learn how to grow roses without rooting hormones. Before we proceed, it’s advisable to first know what rose cuttings are. Cuttings are merely sections of mature rose stems collected at various stages of development.

Rooting stem cuttings is a popular method of reproducing herbaceous plants, but it can also be used to propagate woody-stemmed plants such as roses. Local roses root more readily than grafted kinds, though not every cutting will be fruitful.

Around 25% to 50% of trials will fail, so take additional cuttings to guarantee you have a few decent options. Even so, if you take cuttings from a quality rose plant and root them properly, you’ll have a good chance of growing more plants.

Cuttings from young growth that has recently bloomed (rather than old, hardened wood) are more likely to root effectively. Softwood cuttings are best taken in the spring or fall. Choose them early in the morning, when the plant is well moisturized.

Also, don’t take cuttings when your plant is in full flower. Because the plant is focusing its efforts on bloom creation rather than root development, a cutting will not root quickly.

Stages Of Cuttings

Some plants are picky about which cuttings they will accept, but roses are more forgiving. Rose cuttings can be collected at three stages of growth from the current year’s fresh stems:

Stage 1

Softwood cuttings are obtained in late spring and early summer, when flexible young stems are just starting to grow, and are the quickest and simplest to root. Softwood cuttings of the highest quality come from pencil-sized stems beneath rose blossoms that have lost their petals.

Stage 2

When fresh stems have partially developed, semi-hardwood cuttings are obtained in late summer and early fall. Rosehips may have formed where flowers previously bloomed on the stiff stalks by this time.

Stage 3

Hardwood cuttings are obtained in late fall or early winter, after the year’s fresh stems have grown, stiffened, and reached stasis, and are the weakest and most problematic to root.

Read also: How To Make Roses Grow Bigger

How To Grow Roses From Cuttings Without Rooting Hormones

The following are proper ways to grow roses from cuttings without rooting hormones:

First of all, you should choose a healthy stem for cutting. It should be around 5 inches and ensure the stem and branch sprout out. Cut off all the leaves and scrape the branch. The new stem stays alive and will be developing roots.

Now make a potted 50% simple soil, 25% perlite, and 25% coco peat. If you have no coco peat, you can use dry leaves. It helps the soil to become too light and the light soil helps in developing roots.
Now plant the cuttings in the potted 50% soil. The branch should be at the bottom while the stem should be at the surface. You can water and cover it with the soil afterward to conceal the drilled hole.

If you have a greenhouse, you can put them in your greenhouse but if you don’t have any, you can cover them with a plastic bag or put them in a container and cover it. Keep them moist but don’t overwater them unless they going to die.

Read: Learn how to grow roses in pots here


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 without a rooting hormones. Also, Learn how to grow rose cuttings using potatoes.

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