You are going to love this article on how to grow roses from cuttings. This is a really simple process that works and takes all the mystery out of rose propagation. A customer of mine actually made this video for you and I. Thank you Jeff!
Rose Bush Propagation
This is a process that can only done where the rose bushes are dormant. In most parts of the country that means from Thanksgiving until late February or early March. In warmer climates that window of time is going to be shorter. These are the basic steps you should follow.
1. Collect canes from the rose bush that you would like to propagate.
2. From those canes make as many cuttings as you can. The cuttings should 5″ to 8″ long. At the bottom of the cutting cut right below a bud union also called a node. Don’t cut into the node, just below it. At the top of the cutting cut about 1/2″ above the top node.
3. Dip the butt end (bottom) of the cuttings in a rooting compound like Dip n Grow or another compound that is the correct strength for hardwood cuttings. If you are using a liquid rooting compound read the label, but usually the correct dip time is about 5 seconds.
4. Line up the cuttings in your hand as shown in the photo on this page: http://www.freeplants.com/hardofdecid.htm.
5. Wet some newspaper. Make sure you have several layers of wet newspaper. I’d say at least 12 pages. Get the newspaper wet, but not so soggy that you won’t be able to separate the sections.
6. Open up the wet newspaper and lay it on a work table. Place your bundle of cuttings on the newspaper and roll the bundle of cuttings up in the newspaper. Completely cover the cuttings, wrapping the newspaper over the ends and around the middle.
7. Using at least three plastic grocery bags place the bundle of wet newspaper and cuttings into the first bag. Roll up the bag and wrap the plastic around the bundle just like you did the newspaper. Place the bundle in the second bag and wrap it up the same way and do the same thing one more time with the third bag.
8. Place the plastic bag in a cool dry place like a basement or garage and just leave it be for at least 6 weeks. After 6 or 8 weeks up wrap all the bags and newspaper and inspect the cuttings. You should see tiny roots or signs of callousing.
9. Plant the rooted cuttings into a bed outside if the danger of frost has past, or plant them in a flat of potting soil and let them finish rooting.
10. If they haven’t rooted at all, just stick the unrooted cuttings in a flat of potting soil and put them where they can get some sun.
11. Keep both the rooted cuttings and the unrooted cuttings watered as needed. Not too wet, but not too dry.
12. At this point they should be stored at room temperature.