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How To Grow Roses From Cuttings Using Potatoes

by Idris Ya'u
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In the previous article, we discussed how we can grow roses from cuttings in water, however, today we’ll be looking at how to grow roses from cuttings using potatoes.

Roses are among the most remarkable plants on the planet; they have thorns and their flowers are among the most popular. Many enthusiastic flower enthusiasts will attempt to grow this shrub in their gardens or greenhouses.

Although it may seem unusual, growing roses from cuttings using potatoes is a dependable technique of propagation when executed right. If you aren’t aware, propagation is a cost-effective technique to double the number of plants you have.

Putting a plant cutting in soil or water is the most common way of propagating it, however, roses can also be rooted in potatoes. It also tackles one of the trickier aspects of attempting to root rose cuttings: maintaining the cutting wet for an extended period.

Moreover, roses can be rooted in potatoes to get plenty of moisture and nutrients. This helps in the improvement of the potato propagation phase. Rooting roses in potatoes is a pretty simple operation once you grasp the method.

If the soil is right, roots adequately through a potato can take anywhere from five to six weeks. Before you quit upon the current rose bush that is developing completely, the stem must sprout new roots from scratch and be allowed to flourish.

It’s a big task for both expert and inexperienced gardeners. When your rose cuttings have grown into healthy plants, you can plant them in your garden as part of a variety of planting plans, such as a butterfly garden. The blossoms can also be used to manufacture rose water or rose oil.

Requirements For Growing Roses From Cuttings Using Potatoes

To have the highest likelihood of obtaining a rose cutting to take root, particularly in a potato, some specific actions and requirements must be taken into account. The following are the requirements and actions needed to achieve such a feat.

Our cutting should come from a mature rose cane that has bloomed or yielded a flower or flowers. 6 to 8 inch (15 to 20 cm) long cuts are preferable. However, to maintain the cuttings wet, simply place them in a jar or can of water.

If you’re collecting many cuttings at once, identify each one with the name of the rose bush from when it came. A drill or corkscrew. Sharp clippers. Hormone gel, such as Yates Clonex Rooting Hormone Gel (or honey).

How To Grow Roses From Cuttings Using Potatoes

The following are steps taken to grow roses from cuttings using potatoes.

Carve a hole in the potato considerably smaller than the size of your cutting. This stage requires a drill, but if you don’t have one, a corkscrew will suffice. Just be cautious not to pierce the potato completely.

Trim 10mm off the end of a rose cutting by cutting diagonally. Using a hormone gel or dust, coat the end. Honey (or even Vegemite) will suffice as an alternative. Insert the end of the potato into the hole. Insert the potato and rose clipping in the soil, burying them with at minimum three inches of rich soil.

Takae care of your rose by timely watering and applying fertilizer. For details about taking of plants, read our step by step guide on how to take care of plants here.


I hope you find this article helpful. I would like to hear from you. So, let me know if you have any questions about growing rose from cuttings in potatoes.


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