Rose Propagation

With easy to follow methods, rose propagation is fun, not difficult and most satisfying

Rose Propagation

The easiest way to get more roses is to go to the next garden center and buy roses or order the newest varieties from an online nursery.

Shopping is fun too, but DIY rose-breeding, waiting and watching how the plants grow is a different story.

Patience is a basic requirement to raise your own roses. Using the traditional methods correctly is essential to succeed with rose propagation.

Methods Of Rose Propagation

Commercially, roses are budded on to rootstocks, but this is an impractical method for amateurs, because rootstocks can be difficult to obtain.

Nevertheless, I will describe all rose-breeding methods in this chapter and try to give you some understanding, which technique could be the best for your first efforts of rose propagation.

Ninety-five percent of roses bought, have been propagated by budding or grafting.

Taking cuttings is probably the best method for amateurs to raise roses.

Seed-sawing and layering are rarely used methods, although I have tried it and it worked perfectly.

Guide Through Budding Roses



Budding roses in generally means grafting buds on to rootstocks of another rose. It is a fast and suitable method for all modern types of roses. The new plant has ready-made roots, with the advantage of a quickly development.

The drawbacks of this method are that you have to learn new skills and rootstocks can be difficult to get.

Where to get rootstocks? Either you ask a local rose grower and buy some, or you raise your own rootstocks from seed.

More about rose budding…

Take Cuttings

For most amateur gardeners, taking cuttings is the best and easiest way to increase their stock of roses.

Although it takes much more time to develop new roots than by budding, a successful propagation is always an immense delight to a rose gardener’s effort.

Taking cuttings mean to cut canes, semi-ripe or hardwood, from an existing healthy rose bush and plant them into a pot to grow new roots.

Interested how it works? Proceed to how to grow roses from cuttings.

Growing Roses From Seed

For novices, seed-sawing may be the most obvious way to propagate roses. The problem with growing roses from seeds is, that most roses do not grow on their own roots. The results will vary from what you expect.

Anyway, it is fun to try to wait what you get from it. Who knows, maybe you discover the next winner at the All-American Rose Contest?

Every true rose lover has to try it once! Go to how to grow roses from seeds, to be sure to be down for it.


Layering is an excellent method to propagate roses with spreading branches from vigorous rose varieties, such as Ramblers, Climbers, Ground cover roses and some types of shrub roses.

Layering means to bend a flexible shoot to the ground, to make the cane root.

This is a rarely used method, but I am sure you are curious enough to try how to propagate roses by layering.

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