We are going to be talking about how to grow roses from cuttings using potatoes. We will also uncover some truths about this method.
You might be struggling with growing roses from cuttings using potatoes without success. Not too worry, we will help you with some gardening tips on doing it the right way. So read on to find out.
Experiment on How to Grow Roses From Cuttings Using Potatoes
Let’s discuss a simple experiment on how to grow rose from cuttings using potatoes. But first, let us list out what you might need for this procedure.
Items needed: healthy budding rose stem with flowers on it, potatoes, corkscrew, root growth hormones (optional), glass jar or a plastic container, and some soil mix.
Step 1: make a hole into your potato with the help of a corkscrew.
Step 2: trim off the flower stem making the base of the rose stem diagonal. Dip the bottom of the stem in a root growth hormone, (the use of root growth hormone is optional).
Step 3: fit in the diagonal bottom of the cut rose in the drilled potato hole.
Step 4: plant the potato with the rose cutting inside a pot of soil mix. Dip it at least 3 inches into the pot and cover it with some soil.
Step 5: cover the stem with a glass jar or a transparent covering to protect your delicate leaves from sunlight damage. You can remove the transparent covering from time to time to allow your plant to breathe some air to prevent molding.
After about 3 to 4 weeks, we can now check the result of our experiment.
The result of our experiment above gave a weak and dry stem. If you pour out your container soil mix and look through the soil to find your potato remnant. You will find out the potato has decomposed and rotten and the resulting cut stem does not produce good root or any root.
Also, you find out the stem part inside the soil got darken at the base even though the outer part looked green and healthy. This shows there is no sign of success with this method.
Effective Way of Rooting Rose Cuttings
The potato rose cutting may not have worked, but here is an effective way of growing rose from cuttings:
Growing Rose from Cuttings Without The Use of Potatoes
Again, cover your cut stem with a glass jar or a plastic container to protect your plant from harsh ultraviolet rays. Also, remove the glass jar from time to time to allow your plant to breathe and to avoid molding.
Make sure you have some good drainage holes in your pot and water your plant from time to time.
After a month or so you get a healthy rose bush result.
Just as we have outlined, growing roses from cuttings using potatoes are not so effective. Rather, growing a rose from cuttings without the use of potato will give a healthy and reliable result.