The act of regrowing roses from cut rose stems -- called propagating -- helps a grower cultivate new rose bushes from older ones. Propagating maintains a particular species, especially if that species is rare. Propagation is not the easiest thing to do and it is possible that the rose stems could perish.
Things You'll Need
- Poly bag
- Rooting solution
- Potting soil
- Medium-sized pot
Locate a healthy disease-free stem from your rosebush with at least 5-leaves and a node located on it. A node is a slight bump located on the stem. A healthy stem has a consistent green color and is free from brown marks such as cuts or bruises. Watch out for large cuts or gashes in the stem, wilting leaves or flower petals. If you cut the rose during the winter months, you should expect some wilting leaves and flower petals.
Cut the stem with a pair of scissors. Make the cut at a node on the stem and at a 45-degree angle; the node roots easier with this angle cut. Cut the stem in the morning or evening; avoid cutting during the hottest part of the day.
Place the stem in a poly bag, a thin flexible plastic bag that seals around the flower; they're available at garden centers. Place the poly bag into a refrigerator set between 38- to 40- degrees Fahrenheit for 24 hours to help the stem cut heal. Poly bags are . They help to keep airflow away from the cut stem. You can purchase poly bags at most flower and garden centers.
Submerge the stem into a container filled with rooting solution such as Rhizopon or Hortus IBA. Tap the stem to remove excess solution.
Fill a medium-sized flowerpot with fresh moist topsoil and place the cut end of the stem into the center of the pot at least 2 inches deep into the soil.
Keep the soil at a temperature between 68 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit. To do this, place the flowerpot in an area with more sunlight during morning and evenings but place the flowerpot in shaded areas while the sun is at its hottest. You can test the soil temperatures with a thermometer.
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