Clever Trick: Growing rose cuttings in a potato

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You might be wondering if growing rose cuttings in a potato really work? The answer is YES! Growing rose cuttings in a potato can really work and use to propagate roses. The theory behind this trick is that the potato will keep the cutting moist and provide the plant with the nutrients it needs to thrive. As the plant grows the potato will break down naturally, nourishing the soil.

You don’t have to be green thumb at all to make sure you can have your own roses and maintain your flower garden. All you need is one rose, a potato, a plastic bottle, potting soil and a pot.

There are 5 Easy Steps to follow:


Step 1:  Prepare the potato by carving out a hole that’s slightly smaller than your cutting. A drill is handy for this step but if you don’t have one, a corkscrew works just as well. Just be careful not to go all the way through the potato.


Step 2:  Pick a rose you like and remove all the leaves. Diagonally cut off the head of the rose, make it approximately 3 centimeters from the flower.


Step 3:  Dip the end in a hormone gel or dust. Alternatively, honey (or even Vegemite) will do the trick. Place the end into the hole in the potato.


Step 4:  Plant the potato and the rose clipping into the ground with at least three inches of good soil covering it.


Step 5:  Cut off the bottom of your plastic bottle and carefully place it over the stalk sticking out of the soil. Occasionally water the rose (around the bottle) and watch how your roses grow like never before!


Expert says, some had success with the potato method, while some others have had either no success with it or only marginal success. Placing the prepared cutting in a potato without planting the entire thing does not seem to work well at all according to some reports. Therefore, planting the entire potato and cutting seems to be the best way to go.  Take note, there is no guarantee of specific results and individual results may vary.