Grow Roses from Rose Stems
Have you ever wanted to grow roses? Maybe you have wanted to but you're not sure how to get started. Well did you know you can grow roses from rose stems? It's true! Find out how to plant these beautiful flowers in your own backyard.
- The Rose
- What You'll Need
- Choosing the Cuttings
- Preparing the Stems
- Planting the Stems
- Caring For Your New Roses
Roses are a symbol of love for everyone. People give and send roses in celebration, remembrance, recovery, or just to say hello. Roses come in a variety of colors that are both appealing to the eyes and fragrant too. It's even possible to send a bouquet of rose cookies to your loved ones now.
If you love the roses that your grandma grows, you can grow your own version of that very rose so you can keep it for a lifetime. If you have always had a green thumb, then you won’t have any trouble growing these beautiful roses. For those who do not have a green thumb, you can still grow the roses but you may have to give it a little more tender loving care.
What You'll Need
When you choose to grow a rose from stem cuttings, you will grow the exact same rose you received in your bouquet. Here are some basic supplies you will need to grow a rose from rose cuttings.
• You will need a rose that is healthy
• Small pots that are sterile
• Sharp shears
• Potting soil that is sterile
• Rooting hormone (optional)
• Glass jar, an empty 2 liter soda bottle, a clear gallon sized bag, or greenhouse trays or a dome for growing.
Choosing the Cuttings
It’s important to choose the right cuttings to create the rose so look for roses that look healthy. They should have a wonderful almost flawless look to them. If a rose doesn’t look healthy, chances are it may have a problem with the root or something else that may be making it look sick. If you begin to grow it, you may not have a healthy rose.
The stems must be matured before they are cut. If you are not sure when this is, you are safe to use a steam that has recently bloomed. You want to make sure that the stems you choose are at least the size of a pencil, although it can be a little larger.
Preparing the Stems
Once you find the stem you like, you are ready to cut them back. You can cut the stems back as far as you prefer although it may be best to cut it back as far as your cutting shears will go. Be sure to cut the stem at an angle.
It’s important to make sure that the soil is ready for the flower stems once you cut it. The stems should be cut into pieces that are between 6-10 inches. Don’t cut the stem by using dull cutting shears; make sure the shears are sharp enough to cut the stems the first time. Remember to always cut the stems at an angle.
If the stem you are cutting has large leaves, this can mean that the stem will need to work harder in order to carry water to the large leaf too. You may want to cut the leaf back a little so that the stem doesn’t need as much water.
Planting the Stems
Before planting the stem in the soil, you want to take a sharp knife and make a one inch cut off the stem. This takes off the outside layer of the stem so more roots will be able to form with minimal effort.
Before planting the stem in the pot, you will need to dip the tips of the stem in water, removing the excess water from the tips and then tipping them into the root hormone if you chose to use it. Tap the stems lightly to remove any excess.
Now you are ready to place the stems into the soil. While holding the stem with one hand, take the other hand and firmly pack the soil around the stem. You don’t want to leave any room for air pockets to form.
Caring For Your New Roses
Water the newly planted stem lightly then cover the plant with a dome or bag. Keep in mind that the environment needs to be humid in order to promote growth. The rose will take in the moisture through its leaves as well as the stem until they are able to grow roots. Don’t forget to water the plants on occasion and keep a watchful eye on the humid environment.