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Rooting roses from cuttings is an easy and fun way to start new plants, especially on varieties no longer sold.

Here's a step-by-step guide on how to root roses:

  1. Selecting the Cutting: Choose a healthy stem from a mature rose plant. Look for a stem that is about 6-8 inches long and has just finisjed flowering. The stem should be from the current year’s growth, and it’s best to cut it at a 45-degree angle just below a leaf node.
  2. Preparation: Remove any leaves and thorns from the lower part of the stem, leaving a few leaves at the top to support photosynthesis. Dip the cut end of the stem into rooting hormone powder, which can help stimulate root growth.
  3. Potting Mix: Fill a small container with a well-draining potting mix. You can use a mixture of perlite, vermiculite, and peat moss to provide the right balance of moisture and aeration.
  4. Planting the Cutting: Make a small hole in the potting mix using a pencil or your finger. Insert the dipped end of the stem into the hole, making sure at least two nodes are buried under the soil. Gently press the soil around the stem to secure it in place.
  5. Moisture and Humidity: Water the cutting thoroughly after planting to settle the soil. Cover the container with a plastic bag or a clear plastic dome to create a humid environment around the cutting. This will help prevent the cutting from drying out while it develops roots.
  6. Location: Place the container in a warm, bright location but away from direct sunlight. A shaded area with indirect light is ideal for rooting roses.
  7. Watering: Keep the potting mix consistently moist but not waterlogged. Check the moisture level regularly and water as needed to ensure the cutting doesn’t dry out.
  8. Root Development: After a few weeks, check for root development by gently tugging the cutting. If you feel resistance, it means roots have started to form.
  9. Transplanting: Once the cutting has developed a healthy root system, usually after 6-8 weeks, it’s ready for transplanting. Carefully remove it from the container and transplant it into a larger pot or directly into the garden, ensuring it receives proper care and attention as it grows.

Remember that not all rose varieties root equally well from cuttings, so you may have more success with some varieties than others. Patience and consistent care are key to successfully rooting roses and nurturing them into beautiful, mature plants.