Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Starting new rose bushes from the old...

Sometimes the easiest garden projects are overlooked when deciding what to work on next. This is probably why I haven't propagated any new rose bushes. Truly, anyone can do this and being that I have some much beloved eight year old bushes I finally decided to go for it.

1. Cut a stem, about 6", from the top of a chosen rose bush
2. Cut the end off at an angle. I like to make a couple cuts to the inside of the stem, like scoring
3. Dip the stem into some rooting powder or liquid, available at garden centers (optional).
4. Plant the stems in a good quality potting soil and cover newly transplanted stems with a mason jar, milk jug half, etc.

Since our kitchen counter is home to a terrarium I thought I'd use this vessel to create a few new rose bushes. By spring, and probably before, they'll be ready to move up to a large pot. Soon after they'll move to the greenhouse and then out into the yard.

Isn't this a great and easy way to expand your garden? It's so simple, yet often overlooked. I can't wait to add new rose bushes to our front yard landscaping.

**I water my roses with luke warm water and then cover. This both heats the soil and keeps the plants moist. I use about a half a cup of water every five days. Keep the soil moist but not damp.**

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for the info. How often and how much do you water them?

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  2. Great question! I added a note about watering to my post. In the terrarium I keep the soil slightly moist and always use warm water. When dealing with winter I find that the warm water helps to keep the soil temperature higher, but not too high.

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  3. Wow, never even thought about it before....I should have done that with the roses from last house before we moved!!!

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