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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Root a Rose in Three Steps!

Rose lovers and gardeners, here are tips for you on how to root a rose.

First, take a cutting that is 6-8 inches long using sharp pruners. Cut at a 45-degree angle just below where the leaves join the stem. Remove lower leaves from the cutting. Place stem in water to prevent it from drying out.

Second, fill a small pot with moist potting soil. Pour a rooting powder such as Rootone in a small cup. Dip the cut end of each cutting in the powder. Tap the stem lightly to remove excess powder. Use a pencil to make a hole in the soil, stick cutting into hole, then tamp soil at stem.

Finally, keep your cuttings moist but not soggy. Cover with a clear plastic bag for 2-3 weeks to retain humidity while they root. Most will root in 6-10 weeks. Leave in pots for several months. Transplant rooted plants into well-prepared beds in full or nearly full sun.