Rose is regarded as the most beautiful flower in the world. Apart from being admired for its beauty, it is also renowned for its association with the beautiful feeling of love. There is hardly any celebration in which a rose bouquet does not fit as a gift. Likewise, there will hardly be any garden that does not have at least a single rose bush. So, do you admire the beautiful roses blooming in your backyard? While your garden is all adorned with assorted roses, do you find your front lawn uninviting and bleak? Well, a rose bush can be dug up in the front lawn as well, adding to the beauty and appeal of your entire green area. The information given in the lines is exactly what you should be looking forward for. Go through it and learn all about planting rose cuttings.
Planting Rose Cuttings
- Pluck long stems from a healthy rose bush, that has just bloomed or is still blooming. For, if you cut roses from a non-blooming stem, you’ll end up growing a non-blooming rose bush. Cut each stem measuring 5-20 inches, depending upon your choice.
- Cut off all blooms from the sections that contain them. Leaving any on the stem will extract all the nutrients necessary for the stem to withstand the changes taking place. Leaving about one or two leaflets, remove all old and unnecessary leaves.
- After you’ve prepared the sections, cut the bottom of each section at a sharp angle using a sharp razor blade. Then, ‘wound’ the area by cutting out a small layer from the area, with the help of a sharp knife or razor blade.
- Take some fresh water in a jar and dip the tips of the sections in the water. Shake off excess water and immerse them into powdered rooting hormone. Though this isn’t necessary, but rooting hormone keeps a check on rotting.
- Take a small pot, measuring 3 inches, and fill it with about ¾ inch of sand. Add a well draining indoor mix, enough to fill the entire pot.
- Pour water into the soil, enough to moist it rather than making it soggy.
- Insert the cut sections into the pot at a diagonal angle. Gradually, push each one inside, ensuring that it reaches the sand. However, take care that the leaves stay above the soil.
- Take a one gallon Ziploc bag and fill it with air. Place it over the pot about halfway down the side and tie a rubber band to secure it and lock the air inside. This will create a safe environment for your rose cuttings to flourish. To keep the bag inflated, you can place a straw or blunt stick inside the pot. Else, you’ll have to blow in air to hold it up.
- All you need to do is make sure that the cuttings are always damp, though you may rarely have to water the pot due to the presence of Ziploc bag. Besides, the bag will be helpful in creating a greenhouse effect and keeping the plant humid.
- The cuttings will begin rooting in a few weeks. Slightly tug the pot to feel the roots and check their rooting system.
- Replace them back into the pot and place the pot in a shaded area in the outdoors for another few days. Doing so will help the plants get acclimatized to the heat. Thereafter, transfer them a little towards the sun, after every few days.
- Wear gloves. They will protect your hands from rose thorns and your rose cutting from germs.
- Observe your plant for a day or two. If you do not see any condensation in the bag, you’ll have to add in moisture by watering the plant. Do so as and when required.
- Excess sunlight can cause your rose cuttings to turn dry, burn or even die. Hence, keep your cuttings in a shaded place away from direct sun rays. Keeping them under the window is a good option, where the plant will be safe from the sun, but still will be exposed to the necessary diffused light.
- Placing the cuttings in the direct sun will force them to wilt out and die.
With the right method of propagating the stem cuttings, you can grow and multiply those gorgeous rose blooms in your garden. Though it is the most effective way, you need some time and patience for positive results.