Who doesn’t love a gorgeous looking rose bush in their front porch or apartment balcony? As seasons change, your beautiful rose plant undergoes changes and withers away. Sad? Nah! Unless you know how to propagate the same set of roses using cuttings, a humble potato and some cinnamon! Here’s how!
Growing Roses From Cuttings And Potatoes
Choosing a rose stem to cut
Cut a healthy stem from the rose plant that you wish to propagate. The stem must be approximately 9 inches long and ripe (you can tell if the thorns break off clean). Clear it of thorns and leaves. Spare a few leaves if needed. Cut it at a 45 degree angle from just below a bud.
Choose a good spot for planting your rose cutting
Choose a spot in your garden that gets sufficient morning light. This place must be well shielded from the harsh afternoon sun. You will plant your rose cutting here.
How to plant your rose cutting
Dip your rose cutting in powdered cinnamon. This is a great anti fungal agent which prevents your cutting from fungal infections and decay. It is also an excellent rooting agent. Next, cut a fresh potato in half; remove eyes if any. Scoop out a deep hole in it. Set your rose stem into this hole.
Dig a small pit some 8 inches into the ground. Add some sand at the base. Sprinkle some compost and potting mix. Place the potato along with the rose cutting into this pit. If you plant many cuttings, set them at least 5 inches apart.
Water the cutting only till the soil looks moist. Do not soak the soil.
Why should I use a potato?
The potato provides adequate moisture and nutrients for the rose cutting to grow roots. It also keeps the stem rooted firmly in the ground. After some time, as the potato begins to decompose, it also acts as manure.
In two to three months time, your cutting will have developed roots.
So try this one and let me know how it turns out.
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