My gorgeous fiance surprised me for my birthday this year.
He said to meet him at central station after work and to wear something pretty. So naturally I was very excited…
“I LOVE GOOD SURPRISES,
And it was a brilliant surprise!”
He rocked up with a gorgeous red rose and two tickets to see Aladdin. Talk about spoiled. So how does this have anything to do with growing a rose you ask?
Well, that rose lasted in the vase for about 4 weeks. I was very impressed. When I went to throw it away I noticed it had started shooting some new leaves from its stem. I decided to leave it another week to let the fresh shoots grow some more while I did a little research.
What I found is that it is actually relatively easy to grow a rose from a cutting and well, here I am.
What you’ll need
1 x Rose Stem (kept in water until new shoots starts, about 4-5wks)
1 x Potato
1 x Planter Pot
1 x Plastic Water Bottle
Potting Soil (enough to fill your pot)
Secateurs or Scissors
Thin Sharp Knife
How to do it
1. Half fill the pot with soil.
2. Using the knife cut out any eyes in the potato and cut a thin deep hole into it. This is where you’ll be putting the rose stem, so make sure the hole is about the same width as the stem. We cut the eyes out of the potato so no new potatoes start growing!
3. Cutting as close as possible, remove the base of the bottle. Also remove labels and the lid.
4. Now prep the stem. Using the secateurs, trim the stem. Cut about 1cm off the bottom at an angle. Now cut the old flower off, also at an angle and making sure you cut above the new growth. If you have some of the original leaves still on it keep them to help strengthen the cutting. Use the knife to very carefully scrape a thin layer of green off the stem. By removing this we’ll hopefully encourage the roots to grow.
5. Insert your cutting into the pre-cut hole in the potato. It should be nice and snug so it doesn’t fall out.
6. Place the potato into the pot and cover with some more soil.
7. Put the bottle over the cutting and water.
During the next few weeks you should see more growth. After about a month and a half or when your rose is starting to look a bit trapped in the bottle, remove it and feed it with some rose fertiliser.
If all goes well you should have a beautifully blooming rose next spring and if you’re lucky maybe even by the end of this summer.
The best time of year to do give this a try is late Autumn early Spring. So it’s just warming up and not miserably hot!.
Good Luck, and as always, let me know how you go!