Growing roses from potatoes

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Rooting Rose Cuttings: Can You Grow Rose Cuttings In A Potato

Propagating or rooting rose cuttings to make more of the rose bushes we love using potatoes took to the internet a while back. I personally have never tried using potatoes but may well do so at some point. So, can you grow rose cuttings in a potato? There is some merit to the thought process of keeping the cutting moist as we attempt to get the rose bush cane cutting to take root. I have read about many different forms of propagation over my years growing roses on the farm and now in the city. And I must admit that using rose bush cuttings in potatoes is intriguing.

Propagating with Rose Cuttings

To me there are some steps that one must take to have the best chance of being successful at getting a rose cutting to take root, especially in a potato. We want to take our cutting from a mature rose cane, one that has flowered/produced a bloom or blooms. I like to take cuttings that are 6 to 8 inches long. Place the cuttings immediately in a jar or can of water to keep them moist. Label each cutting with the name of the rose bush it was taken from if you are taking several cuttings at one time.

How to Plant Rose Cuttings in Potatoes

Prepare what will be the rooting end of the cane by trimming off about ½ inch when you are ready to get going with the process. I like to lightly score the sides of the cane with a sharp knife near the bottom where the new roots will form. Removing or wounding a bit of the outer cane protection is fine, as it provides more root starting area. Dip the cut end of the cane into your favorite rooting hormone compound. I personally like one called Olivia’s Cloning Gel, as I have had great results with it. (Remove the foliage from the cutting, leaving only some on top.)

Place the cutting immediately into the rooting medium of choice – in this case, a potato. Choose potatoes with higher moisture content like white potatoes or red potatoes. Prepare the potato by making a round penetration into the center using a screwdriver, or perhaps a drill bit, that is a little smaller than the diameter of the rose cutting. Place the prepared cutting into the potato, but do not push it clear through.

Plant the potato and cutting out in a garden area with at least 3 inches of good soil covering it, tamp lightly and water it in. Place a jar or a wall-o-water around the planted cutting. I like using the wall-o-water units for this, as I can push them closed at the top forming a teepee-looking mini greenhouse over my cuttings or plant starts. Keep an eye on the soil moisture and see what happens.

I have read that some folks have had success with the potato method, while some others have had either no success with it or only marginal success. Placing the prepared cutting in a potato without planting the entire thing does not seem to work well at all according to some reports. Therefore, planting the entire potato and cutting seems to be the best way to go.

If you do not have a garden area in which to do the planting, a large pot (something the size of a five-gallon bucket or larger) with drainage holes in it would likely work okay too – or you can opt for something smaller if this is only temporary, like waiting for the weather to warm up. Using the planting in a pot method, you could cover the pot with a large clear plastic bag to help hold in the valuable moisture, a wall-o-water unit may still work, too, if the pot is large enough for it.

Additional Info About Rooting Rose Cuttings

A couple of things to keep in mind when it comes to propagation of roses:

  • Many rose bushes are patented and are not to be propagated until a certain amount of time has passed. This is how the big rose growers make their income, and cutting into their income harms all rose lovers, as it impedes the ability of the growers to bring us all the pretty new varieties of roses each year.
  • Many rose bushes will not perform well on their own root systems, so they are grafted onto hardier rootstock. The grafting allows the rose bush to thrive in various climatic conditions. Thus, the rose we propagate may not be hardy enough to survive the climatic conditions in our gardens.

In some cases, the rose bushes will be fine and others not so much. I wanted you to know this so that if the rose bush does not survive its first winter season, it is not necessarily due to anything you did wrong in the process.

Rooting Roses in Potatoes: A Complete Guide


Rooting roses in potatoes may sound a strange idea but, if done correctly, it is actually a reliable method of propagation. If you are unaware propagation is a great way of doubling the number of plants you have without spending money.

Propagation usually requires placing a plant cutting in soil or water. However rooting roses in potatoes can be just as effective. It also solves one of the more difficult problems that come with trying to root rose cuttings, keeping the cutting moist for long enough. Rooting roses in potatoes provides not just ample amounts of moisture but also a healthy level of nutrients. This helps to make the propagation process successful.

Roses are a favorite flower for many gardeners. Rooting roses in potatoes in potatoes allows you to reliably propagate the plants.

Once you understand the process, rooting roses in potatoes is a relatively simple process. It makes the ideal project for both experienced rose lovers and novice gardeners. As your rose cuttings grow into healthy plants they can be planted in your garden, forming an integral part of various planting schemes such as a butterfly garden. You can also use the blooms to make rose water or rose oil. This guide will take you through the process, explaining everything that you need to know.

Legal notice: you can’t propagate roses that are under patent unless you pay the patent holder a royalty fee.

Getting Started

Before we begin rooting roses in potatoes we need to have a few other items to hand. Being prepared will help to speed up the process, meaning that you will be able to quickly transplant the cutting. Swiftly transplanting the rose cutting gives it the best possible chance to establish itself.

If you want to try rooting roses in potatoes you will need fresh rose cuttings. The fresher the cuttings the higher the moisture content. This is vital. Rose cuttings often fail because of a lack of moisture.

The most obvious requirement is a rose plant or plants. The cuttings should be healthy and fresh. It is often wise to take more than one cutting, even if you only want one new plant. Taking a few cuttings means that even if some of the cuttings fail, you should have one that succeeds. Should more than one cutting succeed you can either discard them or gift them to other plant lovers.

Selecting the Best Potatoes

Also key to rooting roses in potatoes is a potato. For each cutting you will need a potato. The best potatoes to use will be healthy looking and blemish free.


Healthy, blemish free potatoes are the best choice. They should also be high in moisture.

White or red potatoes have a higher moisture content than other varieties. Successfully rooting roses in potatoes requires the cutting to have a steady supply of moisture. This means that white or red potatoes are a more reliable choice for this process.

Different people enjoy different levels of success with different potatoes. It may be the case that you’ll have to experiment with different potatoes and cuttings until you find a reliably successful combination.

Many gardeners grow their own potatoes. If you do, you will find that using potatoes for propagation is a great way of using up the remnants of a harvest that would otherwise go to waste.

You Will Also Need:

  • Clean, sharp secateurs or scissors
  • A sharp, clean knife
  • Gloves to protect your hands from the thorns on the rose stem
  • A clean screwdriver or drill bit
  • Rooting hormone
  • A cloche. If you don’t have cloches, clean plastic pop bottles with the bottom cut off will fulfill the purpose.

You can place your potato rooted rose cuttings in either a flowerpot or the ground. As rose cuttings are usually taken in the fall gardeners in all but the mildest USDA zones will have more success from placing the cuttings in flowerpots. This will allow you to protect the cuttings by growing them on undercover during the winter. If you are taking your cuttings in the spring, or you are in a warm climate, you will be able to place the potatoes and cuttings straight into the ground.

Rooting roses in potatoes can be done either straight into the soil or into a container. If you decide to plant your cuttings in containers remember that they may require more regular watering.

If you are planting the cuttings in flowerpots you will need a clean container and fresh potting mix or soil. The larger the flowerpot the better, a 5 gallon container is a great size. If you plant on transplanting the cuttings after they have rooted you can use a smaller flowerpot.

If you decide to planting straight into the ground you will need a spade and some sand.

How to Take Rose Cuttings

The first step, once you have everything that you will need, is to take a cutting from your chosen rose. The best time to take rose cuttings is late summer or early fall.

Only ever take rose cuttings from healthy stems. The stems should also be fresh. That means selecting from the current years growth.

Your chosen stem should not only be healthy but also strong and long. Aim for a cutting around 8 inches in length. Mature stems, or ones that have flowered during the summer months, have a better chance of succeeding than immature stems.

With your secateurs make a clean cut in the stem at a roughly 45 degree angle.

Make a cut above the bud at the top so that the shoot tip is removed. If there is more than one flower head on the cutting remove them all above the first healthy set of leaves. You will also need to remove most of the leaves, especially those lower down the stem. If you are familiar with deadheading, you will notice that this is a familiar process.

Remove unnecessary leaves and blooms from your cut stem. This means that the cutting won’t waste precious energy trying to maintain the flower. Instead it will focus its efforts on developing roots.

Next, with your knife, lightly score the lower sides of the cutting around where the roots will emerge. Removing some of the lower outer cane protection will also help the roots to emerge.

Following this place the cutting immediately in a container of fresh water. This helps the cutting to stay moist. A steady supply of moisture is vital if you want rooting roses in potatoes to succeed.

If you are taking cuttings from different plants, label each container. This will help you to avoid getting them accidentally mixed up.

Preparing for Planting

If you are rooting roses in potatoes in flowerpots fill the container with fresh soil or compost. Water the medium so that it is evenly moist.

If you are rooting roses in potatoes straight into the ground you will need to dig a trench. It should be about 6 inches deep and have one clearly vertical side. The best location for the trench is a bright spot with some afternoon shade.

Dig a hole in a quiet area of your garden. This means that the cuttings will be left largely undisturbed as they try to take root. While they should be protected from the intense afternoon sun, don’t choose an overly shady position. The cuttings will appreciate a healthy dose of sunlight.

Spread a thin layer of sand, no more than 2 inches thick, along the bottom of the trench.

Preparing Your Potato

Peel your chosen potato. Any waste can be added to your compost heap.

Rooting roses in potatoes requires the stem of the cutting to be placed in the potato. The best way to do this without damaging the cutting, is to manually make a hole.

Carefully make a 3 inch hole in the potato with the screwdriver or drill bit. The diameter of the hole should be roughly the same size as the cuttings stem. As you make the hole don’t split the potato.

Placing the Cutting in the Potato

Remove the cutting from the water.

Brush the bottom of the cutting with some rooting hormone, shaking off any excess.

Firmly push the cutting into the hole in the potato. Don’t push the cutting through the potato.

When the cutting is safely in the potato place it in either the flowerpot or the trench. Cover the potato with soil so that only the cutting is visible. If you are planting into a trench this will require at least 3 inches of soil. The soil should be fresh.

Lightly firm down the soil. Don’t compact it. This will prevent moisture from reaching the cutting.

Cover the cutting with your cloche. Covering the cuttings simulates the effects of a greenhouse. As well as regulating temperature it will also protect the cuttings from the weather and garden pests. Cloches are also useful if you want to continue growing food during the fall and winter.

A cloche or mini greenhouse will help you to regulate the temperature and amount of moisture that the cuttings receive. It will also protect the cuttings from pests and inclement conditions.

Cuttings in flowerpots should be placed in a warm, light position. Don’t place rooting roses in potatoes in direct light unless the position has afternoon shade.

Rooting roses in potatoes is a sensitive process. Every day you will need to remove the cloche for around five minutes. Not only does this give the cutting a chance to breathe it also allows you the opportunity to check that it is healthy.

During this period the soil should be kept moist. Harvesting rainwater will allow you to freely water your garden without increasing your water usage. Apart from this daily check you shouldn’t disturb the cutting until you can see new growth emerging.

When Growth Emerges

You’ll know that the rooting roses in potatoes process has been successful when new growth emerges. This should occur within a month.

When the growth is noticeable gently pull the cutting. This isn’t an attempt to remove the cutting. Instead you are feeling for resistance. The cutting should resist being pulled from the soil. If it doesn’t seem to come out freely, this is a good sign. It means that the roots are developing properly.

Remove the cloche. Keep the soil most and allow the cutting to continue growing. If you are growing the cuttings in flowerpots you can now place them in a brighter position.

If your cuttings were taken in the fall, the next spring, as the last local frost date nears begin hardening off the young plants. After a few weeks, when the soil has nicely warmed up, they will be ready for transplanting to their final location.

Sweet smelling and colorful, roses are a firm garden favorite. Rooting roses in potatoes allows you to easily propagate this popular garden plant for little expense.

Once you understand the process, rooting roses in potatoes is an easy and reliable means of propagation. While other methods of propagation can seem overly complicated, rooting roses in potatoes is an accessible method that everyone can enjoy some success with. With a bit of time, and the right care you will be able to use this method to create your own thriving rose garden.

Supersize your garden with a mirror

The tip Place mirrors around your garden to make it look bigger: the reflection gives the illusion that your plot is twice as big as it is.

The catch This theory works in principle, but position your mirrors in the wrong place, and you’ll get birds flying into them, be blinded by glare from the sun, or end up reflecting that delightful view of your wheelie bins. Garden designer Kate Gould says mirrors can work in small, shady places, to bounce light about, but they’re hard work: “Mirrors have to be spotlessly clean,” she says. “As soon as they get dirty, the illusion’s gone.” If you insist on a reflective surface, try mirror-polished steel rather than a breakable mirror.

The alternative It may sound counterintuitive, but supersizing things (be they pots or pavers) also helps to make a small space feel larger by tricking the eye.

Grow roses in a potato base

The tip Stick the stems of rose cuttings into a hole cut into a potato, then bury the whole thing in the ground, leaving the top section of the stem above ground. The potatoes keep the cuttings from drying out while the root system develops, and the potato slowly rots away, leaving a healthy new plant.

The catch The jury’s still out on this one. There are various YouTube videos and blogposts providing anecdotal evidence that it works, but Michael Marriott, technical manager at David Austin Roses, says, “The question that comes to my mind is, why put them in potatoes? Why not just put them straight in the ground?”

And rose expert Rosebie Morton of the Real Flower Company says that while the basic principle of the potato technique (namely, to keep the cuttings moist) is right, it’s doubtful that it’s any more beneficial than the usual propagation technique.

The alternative Morton says she gets good results from taking a 30cm rose stem, cutting off the top at an angle and recutting the bottom straight across a leaf node. Sink the stem into well-drained soil or compost at a 45-degree angle and to a depth of 12-15cm, keep moist but not wet, and leave in situ for a few months. If the cutting takes successfully, it will start to produce new top growth and can be moved once established.

Stop slugs having a ball

The tip Copper is reputed to repel slugs, so take an old bowling ball (you’ve got one of those lying around, right?), glue pennies (or 2p pieces) to it, so they cover the surface, and use it as a decorative garden object that doubles as a slug barrier. (And if you want it to shine, soak the coins in cola first.)

The catch Not only is it debatable how decorative this actually looks, it’s also hard to be convinced by its efficacy as an anti-slug device. These days, British 1p and 2p “coppers” are made from copper-plated steel, plus there is at best only patchy evidence that copper repels slugs in the first place. Dr Ian Bedford, head of entomology at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, has lab-tested copper slug repellers and found no evidence that they work. And even if copper did dissuade slugs, you’d need a whole bowling alley’s worth of coin-covered balls to have any meaningful effect. As Bedford points out, “You put a bowling ball in the middle of your lawn, but what’s to stop them eating the plants in your border?”

The alternative Go ahead and make your ball; just don’t expect it to deter slugs. For that, use a biological control such as Nemaslug or a nightly slug patrol.

Nail those blue hydrangeas

The tip Gather up those rusty nails from the back of the shed and put them in the ground around hydrangeas to correct an iron deficiency, increase acidity in the soil and, in the process, turn their blooms from pink to blue.

Illustration: Zoe More O’Ferrall

The catch None of it works. Here’s a mini-science lesson from Guy Barter, the RHS’s chief horticultural adviser: “Almost all soils contain a lot of iron, but it becomes unavailable to plants – especially ericaceous ones such as rhododendrons – in alkaline soils,” he says. “Adding iron nails to alkaline soil merely slowly adds a very small amount of iron to the pool of chemically locked-up iron in the soil. It is soil aluminium that influences hydrangea flower colour, and aluminium is most available to plants in the acid soils associated with blue hydrangeas.”

The alternative Add sulphur dust, not nails, to soil to increase acidity. Aluminium sulphate, often sold as hydrangea-blueing compound, is the best product to change flower colour in hydrangeas – try Vitax’s Hydrangea Colourant. Plants with iron deficiency suffer yellowing patches between the veins. Barter recommends treating them with chelated iron, an organic compound that prevents lock-up in the soil, allowing plants to absorb the iron they need.

Dish it out to the weeds

The tip Kill weeds by spraying them with a homemade brew of vinegar, epsom salts and washing-up liquid mixed with water. This mix of ingredients commonly found in our homes is touted as safer for pets and children than shop-bought weed treatments.

Illustration: Zoe More O’Ferrall

The catch Home remedies such as this are often billed as “all-natural”, but have you looked at the ingredients of washing-up liquid recently? Plus, it’s illegal under EU law to concoct homemade weedkillers from household ingredients (what happens after Brexit is a moot point). Linda Chalker-Scott, associate professor at Washington State University’s department of horticulture, spends her life arguing against such poor gardening advice. She points out that household products aren’t formulated for this kind of use: “You have a concoction that will strip away the protective layers of plants and associated organisms, which is not a sustainable way to approach weed control,” she says.

The alternative If you choose not to garden organically, buy a proprietary weedkiller and follow the instructions to the letter. Organic gardeners can control weeds with hoeing, mulching and hand-pulling. To remove weeds between paving slabs and other tricky-to-treat areas, Garden Organic recommends a flame weeder that uses propane or paraffin to kill weed plants and seeds.

Make a vertical herb garden

The tip Plant herbs in glass mason jars and hang them on hooks on your kitchen wall to create an indoor herb garden. Put a layer of gravel or rocks in the base of the jar to improve drainage, then add compost and your herb plant.

The catch Herbs have varied requirements: some like full sun and well-drained soil, others prefer some shade and more moisture. Most will be deeply unhappy in a relatively tiny pot in a centrally heated room, and away from a light source, so watering will need to be pinpoint accurate to avoid them drying out or drowning. Even if you do manage to keep them alive and happy, they will soon grow enough to be potbound, and therefore unhappy once again. Either way, you’ll end up with dead plants in pretty glass jars.

The alternative Some herbs (chives, mint and parsley, for example) will live relatively happily in a pot on a kitchen windowsill over autumn and winter, in bright but not direct sunlight, particularly if you repot them regularly. Make sure excess water can drain out into a saucer, and remove it promptly to save the plants from drowning.

Crack seed-starting

The tip Don’t throw out eggshells – use them as “pots” for seedlings instead (6). Cut off the top of a raw egg with a knife, rinse out the shell, make a hole in the bottom of the shell with a nail, then fill with seed compost and sow. When the plant is big enough to be transplanted, just put the whole thing in the soil.

Illustration: Zoe More O’Ferrall

The catch It may look cute, but this is the most fiddly and uneconomical way of sowing seeds. Have you ever tried making a hole in half an eggshell? “Fiddly” doesn’t begin to cover it. Eggshells, once empty, are fragile beasts. And if you don’t clean them thoroughly (one website goes so far as to suggest boiling them, which involves more energy-consuming faffing about), they will go mouldy and smelly.

The alternative You’d be better off recycling your eggshells by putting them on the compost heap. Sow your seedlings in conventional plastic trays, which can be washed and reused dozens of times (if you don’t want to buy them, reuse those plastic trays that fruit and veg are often sold in). If you insist on a compostable container, buy coir pots or a paper potter (£10.95, netherwalloptrading.uk), and fashion pots from toilet rolls or newspaper.

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Turn one rose into an entire rose bush in no time at all!

A nice bunch of flowers on the kitchen table can lighten up any cloudy day, don’t you agree? Unfortunately, flowers are pretty expensive, especially when you consider you’ll have to throw them in the bin after a couple of days already.

But with this trick we’ve got for you today, you can grow your own beautiful bunch of roses!

Everybody loves flowers

Flowers are beautiful and they provide your home with a cosy and welcoming atmosphere. Plus, they smell amazing! Did you know that flowers can even be good for your health? Buy yourself an indoor hydrangea and say goodbye to dry eyes, headaches and sensitive skin. All all because of a plant! Buying plants can be pretty pricey, though, so growing them yourself in your garden might be a good alternative. It doesn’t just look pretty, it’s also good for your mental health! Research actually shows that gardening can improve your mental health. That’s as good a reason as any to start gardening, isn’t it?

Green thumb

Not all of us have enough of a green thumb to maintain an entire flower garden, though. Luckily, we’ve got an amazing tip for you that will make sure you can have your own roses before you know it! No need for a green thumb at all and you’ll never be without a bunch of flowers again. Sounds perfect, right? Everybody loves a good bunch of roses and this trick will make sure you can have a garden full of them. All you need is one rose, a potato, a plastic bottle, potting soil and a pot.

A rose and a potato? Yes, you read that right! This trick is going to sound really strange, but it does work. Quickly go to the next page to read the instructions and watch the video!

DISCLAIMER: There is no guarantee of specific results and individual results may vary.

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This Man Can Grow Roses From Potatoes, And It’s Incredibly Easy To Do

Roses don’t just look nice—they also smell amazing. Most people don’t know this, but their petals are actually edible! The problem is, these lovely flowers can be quite expensive to buy, and growing ones that look as good as those at the florist’s shop is just too time-consuming.

…Or so you thought. Growing your own roses only seems complicated, but the truth is that you really don’t need to be an expert gardener to make it happen. All you’ll need is to know this simple trick!

With a simple bouquet from a grocery store and a few old potatoes—yes, potatoes—you can transform your backyard into the rose garden of your dreams!

To grow your own rose garden, you’ll first need to dig a six to 12-inch row in a partially shaded area. Line the base of it with sand to lock in moisture. This is important, as hydration is key for growing beautiful roses!

Next, gather up your rose stems from a garden or a bouquet from the grocery store. They don’t need to be too fancy; they’re simply going to act as the “seeds” in order to grow your new rose garden.

For the next step, you’ll need to prepare your roses by carefully plucking all of the leaves and the thorns from the lower third section of the stem. (Be careful around those thorns, though; they’re very prickly!) Now, this next step will seem pretty weird, but trust us—it works!

And now, for the ultimate trick! Grab a few potatoes and drill holes in them. After that, stick a rose stem in each one. You want the stems to be secure, so don’t make the holes too big or else they’ll fall out!

Why potatoes, you ask? Well, these starchy tubers serve as both a source of food and a water supply to the rose cuttings as they continue to grow. It’s kind of like having your own mini fertilization center for each rose! Once the stems are positioned securely into their respective potatoes, place each one in the prepared row about six inches apart from one another.

Next, you’ll want to cover the stems with a lot of fresh soil until only a couple of inches are visible above ground. Firmly press the earth down around it. You should end up with something like this…

And that’s all there is to it, really! In just a few weeks, you’ll have beautiful, healthy roses! All it takes is a few stems, dirt—and potatoes—and you’re essentially good to go. That all seems pretty easy, huh?

There are a number of people all over the corners of the internet who have tried this method for growing roses—to great effect! Here’s one example of roses in the middle of the growing process.

Here’s another one that’s somewhat simple. This person even used a mason jar full of soil in order to grow their blooms. It’s not as elegant, but if it gets the job done, than who are we to criticize?

The fact remains, however you choose to plant your roses, potatoes are a great option! Plenty of people seem to wholeheartedly agree, and that’s enough for us. Are you ready to grow your own, yet?

Having roses in your yard is beautiful, and it would certainly make it easier to find some roses for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, birthdays, and other special occasions. The benefits are almost endless!

How’s that for a simple gardening hack? You won’t need to buy special supplies at the store or anything—the roses and potatoes will take care of everything. Who doesn’t love roses? They’re so pretty!

How to Propagate Roses with Potatoes

  • Using a 45 degree angle to cut, cut a rose stem at about 9 inches from the rose bush. Chose a stem that has the thickness of a pencil.
  • Cut off the rose bud, right below it. Then cut off the additional leaves and thorns.
  • It is best to use about a medium sized flower pot and fill it up with potting soil. Add a little water, just enough to dampen the soil.
  • Using a screwdriver, take a peeled Irish potato and dig out a 3-inch deep hole. Make sure the hole is the same diameter as the stem.
  • Use a rooting compound on the stem and then place the stem into the potato hole you previously created.
  • Then, simply dig out a potato-sized hole in the soil of your pot. Set the potato (complete with the rose stem in it) in to the soil and cover up the entire potato leaving only the stem visible.
  • Using an clean and empty pop bottle, surround the stem with the bottle. Dig the bottle into the soil. This will create a greenhouse like affect.
  • Bring the pot into an warm area that doesn’t receive any direct sun light. You can remove the bottle for a few minutes everyday but be careful with the stem until you see new growth. Remember to keep the soil moist.
  • When you see new growth forming, lightly pull on it. If you feel resistance, the roots have developed. You can remove the pop bottle and relocate the bottle to a location with more direct sun light.
  • The San Francisco Gate recommends,“Harden off the cutting, by gradually exposing it to outdoor temperatures, starting with a few hours each day in a sheltered location with plenty of light but no direct sun. Keep the soil moist.”
  • One week after hardening, transplant the rose back into your garden.

Propagate Roses Using Organic Materials as Root Hormone Which Everyone Has In Their Cupboards: Cinnamon and Potatoes

Should Epsom salt be used for propagation by cuttings?

Yes, epsom salt should be used for propagation by cuttings. Epsom salt is known to have magnesium and sulfur contents that are beneficial to the rooting of cuttings.

But it should be used in moderation because it might also cause the cutting to rot before it can develop roots. One pinch of epsom salt can be added to the water that is used with the cutting.

It is also important to know the pH of the soil because if the soil is acidic, epsom salt will not be good to the plant because of its sulfur content. This will make the soil more acidic.

Can you recommend a fast growth hormone for a rose tree?

The trick is to prune it early and fertilize it. There are a lot of growth hormones for plants in the market (natural and chemical types). It is best to ask shop keepers which brand or type will work perfectly for your type of rose tree.

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What organic rooting hormones from kitchen materials can be used?

Cinnamon is a very well known as a root hormone. You basically just have to sprinkle cinnamon into a hole in your pot and then insert the stem of the rose. Also, sprinkling cinnamon onto the soil at least every other day and then watering it will help your rose absorb it, promoting growth.

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Do hormones soak into material?

In your question you are asking about hormones soaking into materials but I don’t fully understanding what you are asking. If you have liquid hormones,they will soak into materials just as any other liquid would.

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How to root a long stem rose that already has new growth?

You can do the following:

  1. 1 Dig into the soil a small hole using a barbecue stick. Was this step helpful? | | I need help
  2. 2 Put into the hole some hormone powder. About a half teaspoon should be enough. Was this step helpful? | | I need help
  3. 3 Cut about an inch from the lower stem of your long stem rose and then insert the stem onto the hole. Make sure more than 3 inches of the stem is inserted, especially the part where there is a new growth. Was this step helpful? | | I need help
  4. 4 Sprinkle the rose cuttings with a bit of water on a regular basis. Was this step helpful? | | I need help

Why isn’t my rose blooming? It looks healthy and it’s growing a lot of new leaves, but it hasn’t flowered for about 3 months?

It’s a climbing rose – Pierre de Ronsad. It used to bloom well, but since it grew those big canes I haven’t seen a single bloom.

Check if there are suckers that prevent roses from blooming. These are in the form of canes that stem out of the root stock. What they basically do is pull all the energy from the plant and although the plant looks healthy, when this pulling of energy happens, there won’t be any rose blossoms.

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How to Use organic hormones to propagate rose cuttings?

Please explain the materials used with proportions and condition to speed up the roots so they come quickly.

What you’d like to do is spread out the hormones in different parts of the soil as compared to just putting it in one place. This ensures that wherever the root decides to grow to, it will still be able to get nourished by the hormones.

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The amount of hormones should be somewhere around 10% as compared to the total volume of the soil. This is a good proportion.

Make sure that the soil is a bit damp when you are applying the hormones. This allows for it to spread through the entire soil.

I cut roses and placed a potato without using hormone solution will that work or no?

This is my first time trying rose cuttings.

The answer is yes, rose cuttings can be propagated by simply sticking them into potatoes, even without using a rooting hormone. The rationales are:

  1. 1 Potatoes contain nutrients and provide a moisture environment necessary to promote the growth of healthy root in rose cuttings. Was this step helpful? | | I need help
  2. 2 Rose cuttings contain auxin which is a natural root-promoting hormone found mostly in roses. This means you can root almost any variety of rose, even without using commercially made rooting hormones. Was this step helpful? | | I need help

Commercially made rooting hormones, on the other hand, contain synthetic auxin in a form of indolebutyric acid or naphthaleneacetic acid.

In general, you can effectively root and propagate rose cuttings by simply sticking them directly in potatoes, even without using commercially made rooting hormones. As mentioned, this is because roses contain the natural rooting hormone auxin.

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While searching, I came across rooting hormones. My area of concern is cotton yield increase. Do you have any tips?

If you use organic materials as a hormone, it will benefit your overall cotton crop yield, as long as you are using the right amounts. However, increasing yield is much more complicated than simply using hormones to enhance it. There are particular techniques you need to use in order to increase the yield, such as proper handling and proper spacing of crops.

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I wasn’t sure how to root my roses?

Do I put the rose root in the potato with the glass over it, put the potato in a pot right away, or put the potato and rose in the ground right away to root?

You have to put the rose in the ground right away in order to establish a good foundation for the plant to root. The glass over your rose may help when the plant starts to grow out, and will also protect it.

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About the jar over the rose cutting. Should it have a hole cut in the bottom (which is not on top of the cutting)?

If I use a plastic jar, should it have a hole cut in the top to let in a bit of air, or not cut at all, to keep it humid. The picture uses a glass jar, which I obviously can’t cut a hole in, but I’m not sure which is best? Also, should the hole in the potato go just down 2 inches (enough for a stem to be placed into), or should it be drilled right through to cut out the other side of the potato to let new roots out if they come? Or is this not necessary, and it can new roots grow inside and through the solid damp potato?

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For the first few days, it will help if you let the entire jar be humid and closed. This will help retain moisture in the surroundings of the rose cutting. You will not keep it this way for long, but it will help at the beginning because you want the evaporation levels to be low.

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Hi, I am moving house and wish to take my rose bush with me. It is spring now and I would like to either dig it up and, or propagate it, I am not sure which?

Should I dig it up? And how should I go about doing this? The house and garden are to be knocked down.

It’s important to root prune your rose before you move. Ideally this should be done at least three months in advance. Root pruning is done by taking a sharp shovel or spade, and pushing it into the ground at a slight angle around the rose. This should be done at the root line (12-18 inches). That will cause the rose to regrow feeder roots in the new area, which will help support it when you later dig it up.

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The best time to root prune is spring or fall, you should be fine to root prune now. If you don’t have time to root prune before you move, you can still move your rose – just dig a little farther out around it.

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You might also consider hiring a professional if it’s a particularly old rose, or a long established antique rose, as they will require extra care both for the removal, and the resultant transplanting. In most cases an established greenhouse in your area can provide recommendations for someone to assist with this.

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I want to know ideas about how to grow a flower plant in my terrace garden?

In my garden I always try to grow pants which bear flowers .but they don’t grow properly unlike non-flowered plants..even if they do they die in few months…so how can I grow these plants and make them last for longer time?

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There are several reasons for plants not thriving like not enough sunlight, too much or too little water, and not enough room in the pot. Keep in mind that flowering plants do not usually consistently bloom but have stages of growth. Flowering plants can take two to three years to mature unlike a sweet potato vine which will flourish in just a few months, a flowering plant needs more time usually to look full and flourished. Use fertilizers that contain more phosphorus and make sure that you are not in an area where pollination is an issue.

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Can I propagate walnut and pistachio in the same way using Cinnamon and potato?

Can I propagate walnut and pistachio in the same way using Cinnamon and potato

Walnut need stratification to grow from seed. Open the husk of the nut and add the nut to a glass of water, viable nuts for planting will sink to the bottom of the glass. If it is fall, plant the nuts 1 to 2 inches in the ground and let Mother Nature do the stratification. Mix cinnamon in the soil before planting and as you see the root system develop you can add more cinnamon. Otherwise you can use your refrigerator. Take a wet paper towel and wrap up the nut. This method requires 120 days and you will need to periodically check to make sure the paper towel is slightly damp. Plant outdoors or indoors in sunny location, preferably a greenhouse.

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I’m doing a science fair experiment comparing honey and cinnamon as rooting aids that will protect the cuttings. I need to write my prospectus but I can’t find any studies previously done in this area of study. So I was wondering if you have any info on other studies and which do you think will work better cinnamon or honey? Both cinnamon and honey have anti-fungal properties to protect the roots from rot as they grow. At this time, I am unaware of any published studies but rather several generations of my family using this method for propagating roses. Making a honey rooting hormone is best for when you are propagating in water. The ratio is two cups of water to one tablespoon of honey and store in a dark container out of the light. So if you are trying to root a vine cutting in water this would be a great rooting hormone agent. I also, for instance, keep my fresh basil and other cut herbs in water in my kitchen and use this honey rooting hormone.

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How to add rooting hormone after sticking the cutting into soil?

I have planted rose cuttings directly into the potting soil without rooting hormone… they are showing some sprouts…Will it grow? Or how can I add rooting hormone at this stage to save them? All the questions describe adding rooting hormone in the first step… I have tried: I directly placed the cuttings in the soil and daily watering them…. Some of them sprouted but the cuttings went black after few days of new growth… I think it was caused by: No idea… May be moisture control …. Or wrong timing….

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If the cutting has gone black, it is probably not going to recover. You can try adding some root hormone if there is any green left and cut off the black, before repotting. Do not get discouraged because many root cuttings fail and it is more trial than success.

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