Grow rose bush from wedding bouquet– or use any roses you get from the florist

David Clark propagate rose from wedding bouquetby Connie Oswald Stofko

A reader came across the story we did awhile back on starting plants from cuttings and left a question in the comments section.

“How do I root roses from the florist?” asked Tina Strength. “How do I start them rooting and growing?”

This question intrigued me. It never even occurred to me that you might be able to grow a plant from a rose you get in a bouquet from the florist.

I turned to David Clark, the local horticulturist who teaches the series of horticulture class at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. He says that yes, you can indeed start a plant from a cut rose, and he shows us how to do that in this video.

This is such a cool idea! It would be so romantic to have a piece of your wedding bouquet or other special roses growing year after year in your yard. This would also be a fun way to propagate rose plants that no one else in your neighborhood has.

In the video below, Clark shows us step by step how to propagate a rose you get from the florist.

He points out that the plant that results from this propagation technique will be an own-root rose. He explains how that compares to the grafted roses that we usually grow in our gardens in Western New York.

You can learn more about rooting all sorts of plants in Clark’s hands-on class on basic propagation to be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The cost is $20 for Botanical Garden members and $25 for non-members.

And check out these other videos with Clark:

138 Comments on “Grow rose bush from wedding bouquet– or use any roses you get from the florist

  1. I have done this successfully on a couple occasions. I have one currently that I started from a rose in my son’s yard during the summer. I was wondering if I could bury the pot in soil outside and keep it until spring that way, maybe repot it into a larger container first. My house is usually cool and has few appropriate bright places.

  2. Hello, Peggy Nash!
    Congratulations on your Success!!
    I would recommend to not plant your rooted rose stem cutting outdoors at this time. Our weather WILL take a turn to Winter sooner than we think. Outdoor plants need at least a 6 week acclimatization period to get their roots really good into the ground. Otherwise, there is the chance for the plant to ‘heave out’ of the ground by the ‘freeze-thaw’ cycle. At this point, I’m hoping you have already transplanted the rooted stem into a soil-filled pot. You will have to keep the rose plant growing from now until next Spring – remember our ‘safe’ planting date in WNY is around Memorial Day. Please provide the rose plant with as much sun as possible and water appropriately…a bit of water soluble fertilizer will help! – I recommend artificial light conditions to be your best bet.
    Best Regards,
    David Clark

  3. Hello Claudia Burdick!
    Thank you for this great question!!
    I’m unclear of what you mean by ‘growing a plant from an existing rose bush’.
    There is a technique called ‘pegging’ or natural stem layering- where one would ‘nick’ or ‘wound’ the bottom of the cane so as to cause the plant to send rooting and protective hormones to the injury site. That stem is then weighted down to a bit below the soil level with a rock or a ‘peg’ stake and the area covered by soil. By next Spring, HOPEFULLY – the stem will have produced roots, and you may then separate that stem from the Mother plant. Good luck and keep me posted!!

    Best Regards,
    David Clark

  4. I live in Pakistan, South East Asia and temperature remain in between 35 degrees from April to October. Is there any possibility to still grow roses. I do not understand few point so please guide me step by step.

    * Can I use fertilized soil instead of pro line?
    * Do we have to keep it in sun or away from the sun. If sun light is required than how long it should be in sun light.

    * How may time do we have to give water or we just keep spray to keep it moist?

  5. Good morning Adnan.
    Thank you for the great questions. I’m happy that we connected this morning on Facebook and that I was able share some propagation tips with you.

  6. I had been keeping a bouquet of Valentine roses “alive” for 2 weeks when I noticed that green shoots were sprouting from the stems ! I cut them and have been growing them ! Excited to ( maybe ) have a rose bush or two from a bouquet !

  7. Good morning Rosie,
    Kudos for: (a) Taking good care of your roses for 2 weeks and (b) Getting new growth! I’m hoping you watched the video for tips and have those stems in an appropriate propagating container, yes? Remember that it takes 6 -> 8 weeks for rooting to occur.
    David Clark

  8. oops ! Yes ! I meant to comment further—I searched for assistance this morning because I have no clue as to what I am doing! Thankfully– I found your video and got educated ! Thanks so much !

  9. Hello, is it possible you could type up the instructions or what was said in the video? I am deaf, and used the “CC” off of this video and it did not translate majority of what you said, I believe. That would be GREATLY appreciated!!!!!

  10. Katie, the closed captions didn’t work well at all! Many of the words that were typed were not even close to what David Clark said, so it’s all gibberish. That’s so disappointing. Let me see if I can find a speech recognition program that can create a reliable transcript without me having to spend many, many hours typing out my videos. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

  11. Hello Aisha!
    Yes, I have heard of honey being used to facilitate propagating plants. However, honey is more of an antiseptic than a rooting hormone. Consider this: should we cut a finger, recognized advice is to clean the wound with an antiseptic, i.e. alcohol/peroxide, etc. and then apply antibiotic ointment to assist in healing. One without the other is better than nothing, but both together work great. The same applies to our plant rooting process…
    Thank you for asking and I hope I answered your question!
    Best Regards,
    David Clark

  12. Hi,
    After reading your blog I have decided to try out this experiment. But before that I just want to confirm whether propagating roses through this method will actually yeild flowers of the same kind as the rose stem we started from.

    Novice gardener

  13. Good morning Hira-
    Thank you for asking your question all the way from Karachi!
    The process I demonstrate in the the video is ‘asexual’ propagation. Therefore the flower will be ‘true’ to the original stem. We are not transferring genetic material as in pollination or inserting chromosomes as in g.m.o. reproduction.
    Keep me posted on your progress!
    Kind Regards,

  14. Hey again,

    The rose stems I potted using this method hace turned brown. 🙁

    Does this mean they’re dead? Is there any chance that they may still grow into rose bushes?

  15. can I substitute pro line with anything else. looking forward to experimenting with growing roses from the stem

  16. Good Morning Aisha!
    Thank you for your question!
    Perlite is only one type of rooting material. You can also use vermiculite [which may be better in your area because it holds more moisture], a 50-50 mix of peat moss and sand, & 50-50 vermiculite and peat moss I have even heard of folks being successful rooting plants in potatoes!

  17. Hi,

    I loved your video. The question is…..I live between Houston and the Gulf coast. Can I try this now? Our weather is so warm, fall is when I change up my landscaping. Thanks, Penny

  18. Hey there, Penny!!
    Thank you for liking my video!
    I think your gardening season near Houston is perfect for propagating roses stems-
    I would recommend NOT doing the procedure in full sun…under a shrub, or a shady exposure would be best. If you are considering rooting directly in your soil, which may be sandy, consider adding compost to boost the organic matter and to feed the soil organisms.
    Some folks have great results when rooting in garden beds, and covering the rose stems with quart glass jars to create a ‘greenhouse effect’.
    Best of Luck and keep me posted on your results!!

  19. Good morning Yuridia!
    Thank you for your question!
    I am wondering what part of the world you hail from?
    If you are referring to purchasing soil from a plant store, yes, you can use that. I would recommend using one that is a blend of peat moss, maybe coir,perlite and vermiculite. This mix would be ‘sterile out of the bag.” I would not recommend the ‘garden soil’ types that are heavy and dark in color.
    Best of luck with propagating roses!
    David Clark

  20. I was wondering if this Ryan did work. Like somebody tried it and in 5 weeks or so was like “it works….it works”. The reason I ask is because I lost my mother rather suddenly a few days ago and she loved roses. That was what the flowers were for her service. My dad is doing this process now and will be heartbroken if it doesn’t work.

  21. Casey, I’m so sorry to hear about your mother. What a difficult time this is for your family. While growing a rose bush this way should work, there is nothing in gardening that is 100 percent certain. I hope it does work for you and your father and that you can find some comfort in the process.

  22. If I start a cutting now in wv is it possible to plant outside this year? Or should I just put in a bigger pot and keep inside? I really don’t have any sunny window sills to keep the plant in over the winter months, what are the steps I would take to keep it alive till next spring. My sons got me roses for Mothers day and would love to keep a few of them in my garden.

  23. Your video is great. I live in Atlanta, GA I got flowers on MD and want to grow a rose bush and got per-lite and the rooting powder and put them in the same way you did. I did not put them in clear bag since due the the time of the year. I have covered them and kept them in the patio under the shade outside. Its between 60 to 80 degree at this time here in Atlanta, GA. I wanted to ask few questions:

    1. Do I keep them out door in the sun? or cover them? or under the shade uncovered or covered?
    2. Do I keep watering them? if so how often?
    3. How fast or slow is the rooting process at this time of the year outdoors?
    Please let me know any tips that will help me grow these roses.

  24. Hi Lyli
    The rooting media does need to be kept moist throughout the procedure. Keeping the cuttings in the blanket bag will help to keep the water level constant.

  25. Hi Carolyn-
    Absolutely yes. You can get good rooting in about 6 weeks. After that, the plantlet does need to be planted in the ground. I would give this a try with your Mother’s Day rose stems!

  26. Hi Manisha-
    Thank you for liking my video. I have been to Atlanta!!!

    Under partial shade, covered with a bag to keep the moisture constant.

    Occasionally top off the water in the container until it runs out of the paper-punch holes.

    Rooting is fairly quickly at this time of the year. Again, 4-6 weeks, sometimes up to 8.

    See my reply to Carolyn (above) regarding outdoor planting.

    Thank you for asking your question!!

  27. David,

    Thank you for this info. I will put them in a bag and give it try.

    I put holes on the bottom of the container will that be a problem?

  28. David, Would it be okay to use vermiculite to plant the cuttings in? What about seed starting mix, could that be used as well? Would it be the same as perilite if it was kept damp like you explained in your video? Heres hoping my cuttings do well, I have them in one of the blanket bags like you used. when I am ready to plant outside, can I plant in a large pot, my soil is clay around here. I guess I could just prepare a hole special for my rose, is that possible?

  29. Hi Manisha-
    That’s an oOOPS! to put holes in the bottom of the container. The holes go at the top so as to monitor the water level. Holes in the bottom of the container will allow the perlite to escape. I would give it another try!

  30. Hi Carolyn-
    Vermiculite also works well to root rose stems and other cuttings. It holds more moisture than perlite, so do not keep this container full to the top with water. Seed starting mix could be used, however it is not the same as perlite. When you get ready to plant the rooted cutting outdoors, prepare a hole about 8″ in diameter and a little bit deeper than the rooting container. Clay can be amended with 30% compost for good growing conditions. Keep me posted on your success!!

  31. Thank you David, I will have the compost on hand to plant my beauties when they root. I am determined to do this!

  32. David, I know this may sound silly, but do I take my rose cutting out of the rooting soil to transplant or just cut the sides of the container and plant the vermiculite in the hole I am placeing the plant in? also, should I be setting my plants in the morning sun for a while? I have them in a blanket bag with one side open, they are on my front deck out of the sun, but ii is pretty warm anyway. I am afraid of baking them if I put them in the sun. thanks for your help and all the time you give us amateurs!

  33. Hi Carolyn!
    No question is silly—At the time of planting, I would invert the rooting container…one hand on the top and supporting the cutting. Carefully remove it from the vermiculite. The remaining vermiculite could be added to the soil in the new planting hole. I would not put the blanket bag in the sun – the temperature inside the bag can rise significantly and quickly to the point of killing the stem. It sounds like you are doing everything correctly – Good job!!! –

    Gardening is a journey, and everyone has to start someplace. The rewards can be tremendous.
    I am honored to be able to provide a bit of a road map for people to navigate the route.

    Thank you very much Carolyn!!!

  34. David, I noticed that a couple of my rose stem cuttings had growth already when i put them in the root starting product. That growth being at one of the nodes where an existing leaf it. It is growing little leaves and is about an inch already, should I pinch this off? or leave it on? I was excited at first and thought it may be a good thing, but thinking abou it now, I am afraid it may take the energy from the cutting making roots. Your thoughts. Two of the cuttings are doing this. I left the leaflet on at the node where the growth is also.

  35. Hi Carolyn-
    This is awesome and EXACTLY what we want to happen!!! It shows the stem is still alive and that it is starting to form roots – DON’T PEEk THOUGH!! And don’t pinch off any of the new growth—

    Let Nature Do Her Thing-

  36. Oh now I am excited! I won’t peek, and I certainly will not pinch off anything. I am going to start planning where I want to plant my new roses…………….going to get some compost and work with this clay soil.

  37. Hi David thanx for the video im going to give a try..One question how often do i water during the 6-8 week period?

  38. Hi Ingrid!!! I appreciate your comment!!! Once you insert the stem into the rooting container, you do want to keep the perlite moist. Just add water occasionally so it runs out of the top drainage holes.You can tell by the weight of the container — Covering with a plastic bag will minimize addition of water.
    Thank you!!!

  39. So glad I found your video today! I had a beautiful bunch of roses at home-so lovely, that I want to plant the same in my garden. However, my searches online and in our local garden centre were fruitless. Now I have 10 stems in containers and I’m looking forward to seeing what grows! I have dabbled in rooting cuttings before, but only had small success. (Was using a seed raising mix before…) I hope your method will improve the odds. Thank-you!!

  40. Hi Linda!!! Thank you for watching the video. I hope it will aid you in the process of plant propagation. By the way, this method works with many types of plants!!! Keep me posted!!!

  41. Hi Reza!!!
    What part of the world do you hail from?
    The rose stems should be in a humid area — which is why we use the bag — for the entire rooting time frame. Thank you for your question!!!

  42. David, loved your video, wish I had found it a few months ago. Living here in SouthEast Texas, I usually have good luck with just sticking a cut stem into a good dirt, but have never had any luck with the ones from the florist, Thank you for sharing your knowledge with all of us.

  43. Hi Helen!!
    I am happy to hear you enjoyed the video!!! It is the same process whether using a stem from your garden or a rose from the florist. Since you have been successful with garden rose propagation, I’m hoping you experiment with rose from your local florist!

    It is my pleasure to share gardening information – Teach the world to grow One seed at a time!!

    David Clark

  44. David, thank you for posting this video. I’ve always wanted to become a horticulturist. My house is like a jungle, full of plants that I propagated. I look forward to seeing more videos and learning more. I will let you know my end results.Thanks again

  45. Hi Jennifer! Thank you for your kind comment — I am glad you enjoyed this video!Congratulations on your propagation successes–I do have more videos on YouTube including: “How to Dry Roses” and also “Innuendo: The Secret Sex Lives of Plants”. I hope you will take a look!!

    David Clark

  46. happy to see the simple steps to grow roses of my first anniversary bouquet… I from New Delhi. I need to ask one thing…If i buy a pot with soil from market and dip the cur branch in that pot and keep it for 3-5 weeks,,,would it grow ? hope to get ur reply Thanks.,.,

  47. This would be wonderful to do with my valentine bouquet. Do you have to use the rooting agents or is there any way to grow them without the special mixtures?

  48. Hi Gauri! Greetings to you from New Delhi! Using a rooting powder will assist you in rooting the stems. Then inserting the stems in the pot with soil and covering it then with a bag should give you good results!

  49. Hi Maddie! I do recommend using rooting powder as it contains fungicide and plant growth regulators to give good results. Regular garden soil is usually too dense for satisfactory rooting of stems. A soil-less mix would work best!

  50. Hi David
    This is Lulu from Denmark 🙂 Thank you som much for this video.
    I just got som flowers from the florist and they look like the are already growing a little in the vase, not roots but buds or stems?? I have to get these beautyfull roses in my garden. I’m so happy 🙂 I love roses <3

  51. Hi Lulu!! Greetings to Denmark! Signs of growth on the stems are an indication that there is a lot of energy in them and and they may be used for propagation!
    Best Wishes,

  52. David, A favorite rose of mine, Fourth of July, has struggled for the past years in our New York winters. This year I have better blooming on the healthy looking plant, but new growth at the base is showing what I assume is the graft plant. Is there a way to save my Fourth of July? Judy

  53. Hello I loved your video
    I have a question Does the container has any hole ok n the bottom ?
    And what is the name of the powder that you apply to the rose after you wet and before you plant it on the port?
    Also I have a rose that start to grow green parts on the side of the trunk.
    Should I use the same procedure?
    Thank you very much

  54. Hi David can I grow a lemon tree in a way as you did with the rose clips, do you have an advice for me to grow lemon tree. Best regards. Tanjila

  55. Hello Judith!
    As beautiful as roses are, our western New York winters sure can be rough on them. The rose your are speaking of is also known by the names of “Crazy For You” and “Hanabi”. My research tells me that it is hardy to Zone 5 (which we are), but sometimes our winter temperatures and windy conditions can be detrimental to roses. You are correct in assuming that the vigorous growth at the base of the plant is arising from the root-stock of the graft. I would recommend PULLING off not pruning out that growth using a gloved hand. Perhaps that process will push new energy to the budded desirable part of the rose bush. You can also try rooting some of the top stems, although the root system on “own root” roses may be less hardy. I am not sure if you are growing “Fourth of July” in a climbing condition or as a bush form, but winter protection using burlap, or wire cylinders filled with straw and leaves is essential for growing roses in western New York. And – should you be a resident of Hamburg, I believe that we have met before!
    Keep me posted on your successes!
    David Clark

  56. Hello Maria Solis!
    The propagating container does not have holes in the bottom, only in the top to monitor the water level. The powder that I dip the stem into is a rooting hormone that has fungicide and plant growth regulators to assist in the propagation procedure. You may be successful rooting those green side shoots once they grow to a length of 6″. Prune them off the stock plant and proceed as in the video.
    Keep me posted on your success!
    David Clark

  57. Hello Tanjila!
    Yes, you sure can use the same procedure to root stems of your lemon tree. Proceed with the process as in the video, and pot up the rooted stems. Once they have a good root system, they may be planted outside. I gather from your name that perhaps you hail from Arabia…You should be able to grow lemon trees outside in your land. They prefer a well-drained, slightly acidic soil with applications of a citrus-type fertilizer.
    Thank you for your question!
    David Clark

  58. Thank you for your quick reply, my name is Arabic but I’m in beautiful North Carolina.

  59. Hi David, I planted pomegranate seeds about five years ago, the plant is beautiful, healthy. I feed the plant on regular basis.
    I use bloom booster in the summer,I bring the plant inside in the winter months. I trim the plant in the fall, but didn’t get any fruit yet. What can I do to encourage fruiting.
    On the other hand I planted a guava seed, the plant is eight years old, past two years I have been getting guava in my plant.
    I’m very proud of myself,I wish I would get the same result on my pomegranate plant, please advice me.Best regards, Tanjila

  60. Hi David,

    I’d like to do this with roses from a wedding bouqet but all of the leaves were cut off of the stems. Will this still work?

    Thank you!

  61. Hi Ingrid!
    Your goal during the rooting process is to keep the rooting container moist but but totally water filled. An easy way to tell is to lift it with your hand. There should be “some weight” to the container. If it is very light feeling, I would add water until the perlite rises up a bit int the container. Keeping the container in a partially sealed clear plastic bag or “Blanket Bag” will help conserve moisture. Our goal here is to keep the perlite moist, but not to root the cuttings in water.

  62. Hi Jennifer!
    The leaves of propagation material provide food for the stem via the process of photosynthesis, even when that stem has been removed from the parent plant. However, there are still chloroplasts in the stem structure that may continue to photosynthesize. So, the loss of leaves may not compromise the rooting process as much as one would think.
    The thought that is in my mind, as I am not sure the style of your wedding bouquet, is if it was designed in a bouquet holder, those stems will be too short and will not have nodes on them for for the roots to initiate at.
    If the bouquet was constructed of 8-12″ rose stems, then I would give it a try. Remember to cut the rose heads off (and maybe dry them in silica gel, as in one of my other videos) and use the top 4-6″ of the stems for propagation purposes.
    Thank you for your question and keep me posted on your results!

  63. Good day David

    i live in south Africa and it is hot most of the year.I have seen bouquet at a store that i will like to plant in my rose garden. Will they grow if i had just planted them in the soil not in a pot?

  64. Good day Mapula!
    Greetings to South Africa from Buffalo, NY! I think you will have a better chance of success by following the steps I have provided. Most important is the moisture in the container and the humidity in the bag.

  65. Hello Ribka-
    It is best to use the perlite as it has a good balance of moisture and air. Garden soil is too heavy and may contain pathogens. Also, since the stems do not have roots, there is no need for fertilizer. For an option to root stems in the ground, I have heard of (but not experimented with) inserting a couple of stems in a potato and then burying the potato in outdoor ground.
    I hope this answers your question!

  66. Good Morning David,
    I was looking for a way to root rose from the florist and finally found your video. Thank you ever so much for explaining everything so clearly. I always asked my husband to give me potted roses instead of cut flowers from the florist, never happened ?So I tried rooting the bouquet flowers with no success . But now following your video instructions I will be successful God willing. Will be watching all your videos. Thank you and bless you.

  67. Hi David. This is really interesting and I will be trying it soon! What temperature/humidity range should the roses be kept at? I live in central Kentucky and have 10×12 greenhouse that I can start some in.

  68. Hi Megan!
    Thank you for your interest in my video! How awesome that you have your own greenhouse – it is a wonderful place to learn how plants grow.
    Cultural information on growing roses in a greenhouse setting:
    Th humidity for successful plant propagation should be as high as possible– that is why I recommend enclosing the stems in a clear plastic bag. Do keep them out of direct sunlight, as they will “cook” inside the bag. The best rooting temperature is around 75°F. After roots have formed, the plastic bag should be opened to allow fresh air into the container.
    Growing roses in a greenhouse for flower production requires 70°F days and a 10°F drop during the night to 60°F.
    I look forward to hearing about your gardening successes!!!

  69. I followed these procedures last week on a dozen, but now several of the plants’ leaves are turning yellow. Have I over watered? What can I do?

  70. WHats the exact word for that white soil or chemical that u put in pot?? Where can i buy it?? Thank u

  71. June 11, 2017
    i have followed you video instruction for growing from cuttings.
    there seems to be a lot of water in the container.
    You say not to put drain holes, what keeps the stem bottom from rotting?
    I am in S.Louisiana, should i still use the plastic bag to retain moisture?
    Seems like it will get pretty hot inside the plastic bag.
    No direct sun?
    And should i mist daily whether i use the bag or not?

  72. I received a bouquet of white roses from my grandson two weeks ago. To my astonishment, within a week small branches were growing. I now have over a dozen new branches with leaves, and one with a bud. In just two weeks. I have never had this occur in my 85 years of receiving roses. I have grafted roses, and many other plants over the years, but no longer keep an active garden other than palm trees (Miami) and shrubs. I will proceed to follow your instructions and hope for success. Thank you for the tutorial.

  73. Good day connie/David
    I have followed your instructions, however I noticed this morning that one one of the cuttings the leaves have fallen off, however I noticed that there is signs of new growth where the leave stem once was. Will this be a problem now that the leave stem has fallen off?

  74. Hello Tricia!
    I have experienced the same issue of leaves falling off the stems…I would think that the growth of the new buds will continue even without the stem leaves attached. Another issue could be that the stem is not able to absorb and translocate enough moisture to sustain all the leaves, due to the fact that it may not have grown a large enough root system yet. Don’t despair and continue the process—
    Thank you for your comment!

  75. Hello David first off I would like to say I love your husband now passed had that wonderful name.I love the video I will try it my son gave me Beautiful orange roses for Valentine’s day.something my husband did ever year. So I sure do hope this will work. I will let you know my progress.thank you is so much in my Heart.thank you thank you .

  76. Hello Victoria!
    Thank you so much for your kind words, and my condolences for the passing of your husband.
    The biblical name “David” means “Well-beloved”, “Dear”,; and in Welch (which I have that heritage)…”Friend” and also the patron Saint of Wales… I am sure your husband was all of these!
    A bit of flower lore on Orange roses: Orange roses can be used to express intense desire, pride and fervor. They also convey a sense of fascination. These flowers rival only the red roses as messengers of passion in romance… no wonder why your husband chose these for Valentine’s Day, and I am hoping your Son will continue the thoughtful tradition – my Momma also loves orange roses!
    Do keep me posted on your progress!, and many thanks for your comment.
    Warm regards,
    David Clark

  77. Hello,
    This video was very helpful and easy to understand.
    I followed the instructions and have four rose plants growing. I started the plants six days ago and one of them has a bud already.

    Should I leave the bud alone?
    I’m just unsure what to do.

    Thanks so much for your help!

  78. Hello Christina!
    Congratulations on your success!
    At this point in time, I would leave the buds alone and let the root initiation process complete.
    Do keep me posted on your progress!

  79. You do not say what to do with the stem cutting for the 6-8 weeks that it is in the plastic while waiting for it to root. How often does it need watering? How often do you mist? What type of sun does it get? What temperature? Thank you!

  80. David, I grow mostly antiques and have been propagating from cuttings for a long time but simply could not get one particular modern to root. One of my rose rustler pals told me it was because the South American grower treated the buds with a chemical to prevent me from doing just that! Rats. I found this video while searching for the name of that chemical – do you know it?

    I know we aren’t supposed to clone patented roses but I am unable to buy the bush in the USA (I tried) and I don’t want to sell it, I just want to grow a bush on my patio. So thanks, and I’ll give your method a try.

  81. I have two large rose bushes from last year. Will I cut just a stem or cut into the root to create more bushes?

  82. I was thrilled when my bouquet began to sprout and have actual buds on it. I followed all instructions, but unfortunately when taken outside, they gradually died. I wish I had just put them on patio with minimal sun, in Miami, it just didn’t work.

  83. Hello Sharon Price!
    The important part of the rooting process is to keep the humidity high inside the rooting bag, as the cutting has no roots of it’s own. It does/should have leaves on it for photosynthesis, although the green stem will photosynthesize and create food for the cutting. Sunlight should be bright, but not direct. Temperature is best at 72°F-75°F – bottom heat preferred. Rooting should take place in 6-8 weeks. It is good to gradually open the plastic bag once new growth is visible at the leaf nodes to allow CO2 and O2 gas exchange.
    I hope this is helpful!
    David Clark, CNLP

  84. Hello Kristi!
    I would not cut into the root area of your rose plant for propagation as most modern Hybrids are grafted plants. The scion (the top part of the plant that exhibits desirable traits) are bud grafted on the rootstock (the underground portion that lends vigorous root growth) the to scion. Cutting into the root stock will yield you an wildy-growing rose, with flowers unlike to top portion.
    For more information on rootstock for roses, read this article:
    Therefore, I would stick to rooting the top-plant stems.
    I hope I suplied you with the information you are looking for!
    David Clark, CNLP

  85. Hello Kristi!
    I would not cut into the root area of your rose plant for propagation as most modern Hybrids are grafted plants. The scion (the top part of the plant that exhibits desirable traits) are bud grafted on the rootstock (the underground portion that lends vigorous root growth) the to scion. Cutting into the root stock will yield you an wildy-growing rose, with flowers unlike to top portion.
    For more information on rootstock for roses, read this article:
    Therefore, I would stick to rooting the top-plant stems.
    I hope I supplied you with the information you are looking for!
    David Clark, CNLP

  86. Hello Joyce!
    Yes, I understand your frustration with the demise of your plant! Rooted cuttings should gradually be hardened off (acclimatized to outdoor conditions) over a period of a week or two, The best way to do this is to open the bag covering your rooting chamber, and place it outdoors in a shaded position, perhaps under a leafy shrub. Make sure to monitor the container for moisture, as you do not want it to dry out. Once your cuttings are exhibiting good growth, you may them plant them in the ground observing regular rose planting instructions,
    I hope I supplied you with the information you are looking for!
    David Clark, CNLP

  87. What a great treat to watch you and see someone so charming from back home. I remember my dear mother sticking bouquet roses in the ground and putting jars over them. She created five bushes, each a different color for her five daughters. You just proved to me I didn’t imagine it.
    Thank you.

  88. Indeed you are. Living in Charlotte, NC has it’s privileges, but, oh how I miss lilacs and lilies of the valley. And yes, snow!

  89. Hi. Can we use anything else than perlite? Every single bag of pear lite I have ordered is mostly dust and I can’t be sure if that would work. Thank you

  90. Wow! I was just looking to see if anyone has tryed to roots roses this way and you were the first on the list that poped up . I love the roses you get in a bouquet and down in South Fla. They dont look that way when you buy them and i know its the tipe of roses they are and this is great to know . Thank you very much . If you ever do a class down here I will be there. Thank you again. My daughter works at Flamingo Botanical Gardens in Davie If you come down you need to see it . Its wonderful.

  91. Hello Rita Vogel!
    Thank you so much for your kind words! The video was fun to shoot and I am happy that many people have found inspiration in the technique.
    Sometimes the old ways are the best ways…The jars over the stems created the prefect growing conditions to grow roses from cuttings – I saw it too when I was growing up in Eden, NY, in gardens tended to by wise folks.
    David Clark, CNLP

  92. Hello Elvisa!
    Thank you for your question and your thoughts on perlite. Do try to buy a larger grade of perlite. A good size to use is U.S. Mesh #3, which is about the size of a pea. Smaller particles may pack down with a resulting loss of aeration in the rooting container.
    Yes, Perlite looks dusty in the bag, however, I do rinse mine or at least moisten the contents of the bag before using it, as the dust can be irritating to the lungs.
    Sand can also be used as long as you add 1/4 to 1/3 parts peat moss to help retain moisture in this mix.
    I have also heard, although not experimented with, using potatoes as a rooting medium. A stem is inserted into a potato, and then the potato with the stem inserted is buried in the ground about three inches deep.
    Plants are amazing, yes?
    David Clark, CNLP

  93. Hello Lisa Novella Day!
    The internet is an amazing resource to learn about plants, and I am happy that you found my video!
    Yes, there are many types of roses. The ones folks get in bouquets are painstakingly and lovingly grown in optimum conditions on commercial growing ranges in many places around the world, mainly Colombia and Ecuador. Miami is main importing hub of the floral trade from these growing areas.
    It would be wonderful one day to be able to teach classes at Flamingo Botanical Gardens!
    Thank you so much for your question and observations!
    David Clark, CNLP

  94. Hello Clarence Guidry!
    My apologies for seeing your wonderful question regarding holes in the bottom of the rooting container. One can root stems in water, however, root systems from water have a different oxygen level than the soil they will eventually be potted into. The perlite acts as ‘in-between’ oxygen level media, so the root system will not have to start from scratch again, once planted in soil.
    The rooting hormone has a fungicide incorporated into it that suppresses rotting issues.
    The plastic bag should still be used, even in Louisiana- just make sure to keep the set-up out of direct, hot sun. An east facing exposure would be best.
    There is a fine line between too much and too little moisture. I would not mist the stems daily, however, in commercial propagation operations, the rooting material stems are inserted in a growing media, and placed under automatic misting systems, but without the bag. Being grown on benches, they have optimal air-movement around them.
    We are trying to duplicate this high humidity using the plastic bag. I would recommend monitoring the water level in the container as being more important than the air humidity (that will be regulated by the plastic bag).
    A wonderful question that I am sure many folks have also wondered about!
    Keep me posted on your successes!!!
    David Clark, CNLP

  95. David, I have a bouquet of miniature roses given to my daughter on August 8, 2018. The flowers are dying but the stems are growing leaves. I would like to root them so I can plant in the yard. They are still in the vase and when the water gets low I give them rain water. Any suggestions on how to root these? Any advise would be appreciated. Thank you and God bless!

  96. Hello Rene!
    Learning to propagate plants is a rewarding experience and I am glad to hear of your interest in the technique.
    The video explains the process of rooting rose stems and I hope you will give it a view.
    Do keep me posted on your progress!
    David Clark, CNLP

  97. Can you do anything with the rose hips to propogate them?
    Thanks – enjoyed the video! From my Valentine’s red rose bouquet I now have 6 stems with new leaves growing in Vermiculite. Have my fingers crossed they produce roots – I did treat each stem with Rooton.

  98. I received roses with my proposal. The stems seem to be dead but at the lead junctions there are small plants starting. Each stem has 1 large plant starting. How do I start these???

  99. Good morning Kristin!
    Thank you for your question!
    First cut off the withered bloom, and then cut the stem into a 4-6″ length that includes that new growth. Then follow the tips in the video.
    Once the stems are rooted, they can be planted outdoors after any risk of frost and the soil warms.

  100. Good morning Connie!
    Thank you for your excellent question regarding starting roses from rose hips.
    The best way to do this is to collect the hips in the fall, once they have softened and feel squishy.
    Next you are going to procure a 1 cup measuring cup filled with water to the one cup line to which you will add a teaspoon of bleach, This will be used to sterilize the seeds in the hip.
    Using a small bowl filled with water, squeeze the rose hip pulp with the seeds into the water and swish around to remove the pulp from the seeds. Pour off the pulp water, saving the seeds.
    Add the seeds to the bleach water and let sit for about 20 seconds to sterilize them. Pour the bleach water solution plus seeds into a fine kitchen strainer lined with cheese cloth or gauze and rinse well with clear tap water.
    Next we have to stratify the seeds to mimic outdoor weather. They go into a zip-loc bag to which you have added a small amount of dampened peat moss. Seal and mark the bag with today’s date and then a date 60 days into the future.
    Keep the baggie at 35°F for the 60 day period.
    Procure a 4″ plant pot and fill with sterile soil-less seed starting soil. Plant the seeds from the baggie about 1/4″ deep.
    Place the pot in a VERY bright area or under grow-lights and keep moist. The seeds should germinate in about 2 to 6 weeks. Grow the seedlings on until they have at least 2 sets of true leaves. At that point, they can either be potted up separately and grown on, or planted outdoors once the threat of frost has passed.
    There is no guarantee that the seeds will flower true to form of the plant they came from because of cross pollination, but you may find a new and exciting variety!
    Best of luck with this rewarding experiment!
    David Clark, CNLP

  101. Hi, just watched your video, PERFECT! And I have lots of blanket bags! Question, I am in NH, but have a southern porch/living space that is heated, lots of sun, can I put them there instead of cellar, or do they need that darkness? I just want to avoid purchasing the grow light! AAANNNNDDD, how will I know when I receive an answer from you? Do I have to return to this website, which I will save before I submit this post! Thank you, going to Cape Cod and neighbors have some beautiful climbers I want to propagate for my home!

  102. Marianne, for gardening information in your area, you should contact the extension service in your state. You’ll get an email that tells you there is another post in comments on this article. I hope that helps.

  103. What if your boyfriend or husband bought you flowers and you wanted to plant then how would you do that if it about to be fall?

  104. Hello Kayla-
    You can start the propagation process now…. once the stems are rooted, transfer them to a soil-filled pot and grow them on until spring, when you may then plant them outside.
    Thank you for your question!

  105. Hi David,
    Thanks for sharing the video, I’m located at Dallas and have few stems from rose bouquet can I plant it now also from where can I get perlite if not can I use any potting soil like Miracle grow. Thank you

  106. Roopali, you should be able to get perlite at any garden center. We’re in Western New York; to find out when you can plant in Dallas, contact the extension service in your area. I hope that helps.

  107. It is the middle of December in GA. I know it’s not the perfect time to root roses but I have 2’cuttings from my grandmother’s funeral blanket that I am trying to root. I did follow the instructions in the video but I was wondering how much water needs to be in the perlite and how often do you need to water? These cuttings are kind of important to me so I want them to have the best chance.

  108. It is the middle of December in GA. I know it’s not the perfect time to root roses but I have 2’cuttings from my grandmother’s funeral that I am trying to root. I did follow the instructions in the video but I was wondering how much water needs to be in the perlite and how often do you need to water? These cuttings are kind of important to me so I want them to have the best chance.

  109. Hello Pamela-
    My condolences for the passing of your grandmother–
    The perlite should be kept moist during the rooting process.
    Depending on the size of your propagation container, I would add maybe 1/4 to 1/2 cup occasionally.
    The best way to tell is to lift the container and notice it’s weight, If it feels very light, then add water, if if fells heavy, then it does not need water.
    Also, keeping the container with a clear plastic bag on the top will reduce evaporation of the water.
    Best wishes for your success- do keep me posted>
    Kind regards,
    David Clark, CNLP

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