Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Starting new rose bushes from the old...

Sometimes the easiest garden projects are overlooked when deciding what to work on next. This is probably why I haven't propagated any new rose bushes. Truly, anyone can do this and being that I have some much beloved eight year old bushes I finally decided to go for it.

1. Cut a stem, about 6", from the top of a chosen rose bush
2. Cut the end off at an angle. I like to make a couple cuts to the inside of the stem, like scoring
3. Dip the stem into some rooting powder or liquid, available at garden centers (optional).
4. Plant the stems in a good quality potting soil and cover newly transplanted stems with a mason jar, milk jug half, etc.

Since our kitchen counter is home to a terrarium I thought I'd use this vessel to create a few new rose bushes. By spring, and probably before, they'll be ready to move up to a large pot. Soon after they'll move to the greenhouse and then out into the yard.

Isn't this a great and easy way to expand your garden? It's so simple, yet often overlooked. I can't wait to add new rose bushes to our front yard landscaping.

**I water my roses with luke warm water and then cover. This both heats the soil and keeps the plants moist. I use about a half a cup of water every five days. Keep the soil moist but not damp.**


  1. Thanks for the info. How often and how much do you water them?

  2. Great question! I added a note about watering to my post. In the terrarium I keep the soil slightly moist and always use warm water. When dealing with winter I find that the warm water helps to keep the soil temperature higher, but not too high.

  3. Wow, never even thought about it before....I should have done that with the roses from last house before we moved!!!


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