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Growing your own collection of rose bushes from cuttings is very easy and takes little effort.

Materials Needed:

Quart-size canning jar or mayonnaise jar
Garden gloves
Hormone growth powder such as Root Tone
Large knitting needle
Hammer
One fresh 12” or longer single stem rose or 12” cutting from an admired bush that has five or more leaves at the top
Sharp gardening shears that have been sanitized with alcohol

The best time of year to propagate roses is in early spring or late fall. Select the area in which you wish to grow your rose bush. Make sure that your rose bush will receive plenty of sun and adequate drainage from water.

Place the tip of the large knitting needle in your selected spot and hammer it all the way into the ground. Pull the knitting needle out of the ground. This makes a nice, neat hole for your rose cutting or stem to be placed.

Wear gardening gloves to protect your hands from thorns and to protect your cutting from germs. Make several small cuts along the stem of your cutting. Keep the gloves on while you cover all the fresh cuts with the growth hormone powder.

Immediately place the cutting into the hole you prepared with the knitting needle. If you are propagating from a rose stem, push the stem all the way into the hole until the bottom of the flower head touches the ground.

If you are propagating a cutting with leaves, push the stem down far enough that at least five of the leaves are NOT in the ground. It will look like a tiny plant.

Place the jar over the cutting and water. In approximately nine months, the cutting will have taken root and will be a new baby rose bush for your garden.

Note: If you are propagating during the summer, it’s important to water the cutting regularly, as you would a normal rose bush. However, if you are propagating in the fall, simply leave it alone until spring and remove the jar when you see new growth and there is no more threat of frost.

This is a great way to collect a wide variety of roses.