How to correctly cut fresh flowers

It’s no surprise that people like growing flowers as a hobby,  but just how much can you get from one flower? Surely you only get one flower per seed? Well, thanks to Cutting, you can get more flowers from one clone ! To find out how, read on:


Before we start off , let us explain what cutting is exactly. Cutting is a controlled way of purposefully cutting a segment from your flowers ( in this guide example we’ll use the rose flower), and then replanting it to allow it to root and grow as another flower, separate from the original, but genetically identical. Cutting is generally easy to do, but  to do it properly takes patience and time, but it definitely pays off, as you can grow multiple extra flowers, without using more seeds, and only a fraction of the time it would take to start from seed:

  • ·When the rose is at least 2 feet tall, and pick a strong, stable, healthy looking stem, just try to make sure that it’s not the first, original stem that the flower initially grew,
  • ·From above a bud, take a cutting around 25 cm long, to remove the shoot tip, and below another bud at the base, only leave one leaf near the top of the flower, and remove all of the other leaves.
  • ·Place the cutting into a cup containing water and flower plant feed , and leave in for 5-10 minutes, before moving onto the next stage.
  • ·Plant the cutting into ideally fresh soil, water thoroughly, and then place in a shaded area for at least 3 weeks to allow it’s new roots to grow and anchor the new flower in place
  • ·Don’t worry if your cuttings do not take root, some times the cuttings can die due to the shock of being cut and moved to a different location, so it is a good idea to take multiple cuttings of the same flower if possible, to increase the chances of one of them taking root.

Please feel free to take advantage of these tips, and try it yourself to see how you can grow more of the flowers you love, while drastically cutting (no pun intended) the waiting time!