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How to grow roses from cuttings: pruning roses at home

Here we explain everything you need to know when it comes to growing rose plants at home.


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Plants in pots in the garden with green gardening boots

Key steps

To grow roses from cuttings, follow these key steps:

  • Cut the head and the stem.

  • Plant deeply in nutritious soil.

  • Tend regularly and make sure it is in a good position to aid growth.

It’s lovely to have flowers in the house and what’s better than a bunch of roses? If you want to keep them for longer, it’s worth learning how to plant roses from cuttings. This is easy to do when you know how, but for those who haven’t done it before, we’ve got you covered. Whether you want to know how to plant a rose stem or the do’s and don’ts of growing plants from cuttings, this article has everything you need to know.  

Try out a variety of different rose species if you can to see which is best acclimatised to the particular environment in your home.

How to grow roses from cuttings: key steps

It’s great to keep your bouquet of flowers lasting as long as you can - read our tips on keeping flowers fresh for more ideas - but what about actually growing your own? It’s actually pretty straight forward. Here are the key basics you need to know:

  1. Start by cutting off the flower head.

  2. Remove all leaves except those at the very top.

  3. Cut off the bottom of the stem so the base is fresh.

  4. Plant in soil and water.

  5. Using a plastic bag, cover the plant to create condensation.

Growing roses at home: Do’s

When it comes to how to plant roses at home, there are a few important things to remember:

  • DO plant them deeply so they can suck nutrients out from across the soil.

  • DO find out what type of rose you have so you can give it tailored care.

  • DO choose the placement carefully – roses need 6-8 hours of sunlight a day so be sure to put them where they’ll get that.

Health Warning

Always be careful when handling pruning clippers – they can be very sharp and cut through skin easily. Consider investing in some sturdy gardening gloves to protect your fingers.

Growing rose plants at home: Don’ts

If you want to know how to grow rose from stem there are also a few important things to avoid:

  • DON'T overwater them - this is just as bad as underwatering and can stop your cuttings growing.

  • DON'T forget to feed your roses. Fresh soil is the best.

How to prune roses

Pruning roses is relatively straightforward but it’s important to know the basics:

  • If you’ve plotted your rose in the garden, be sure to give it a basic pruning at least once a year (preferably every spring).

  • Start by removing all dead and damaged stalks and branches, i.e. those that look brown.

  • Remove any dead flower heads.

  • Cut this year’s growth by around one third.

  • More minor pruning can be done regularly throughout the year to keep your plants growing well and looking tidy.

Those are our top tips when it comes to growing roses from cuttings. Now you know the basics it's time to have a go and see the beautiful plants you’ll be able to enjoy in your own home.

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