Propagate Roses Quickly
Follow these easy step-by-step instructions on taking care of roses.
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You can propagate roses quickly and easily by following the steps outlined below from Gregg Lowrey of Vintage Gardens in Sebastopol, Calif.:
1. Mix three parts potting soil with one part perlite (thoroughly dampened) in a one-gallon planting pot. (The perlite will help maintain sufficient drainage.)
2. Find a stem with a bloom on the end and three nice leaves. Remove the bloom, cutting from above the top leaf with sharp shears.
3. Pull off the bottom leaf and cut the stem 1/16 inch below the leaf node. Place the cutting in a rooting hormone (liquid or powder) for one to two minutes.
4. Create a hole in the soil to prepare for the cutting, then insert it up to the middle leaf and tamp lightly into the soil. Water thoroughly.
5. Form a greenhouse with bamboo stakes and a plastic bag to cover the cutting. Add water frequently to maintain an adequate moisture level. Within three to five weeks, the cutting will have rooted.
Richly colored, nodding flowers, beautiful evergreen foliage and a tough nature has made the Lenten rose a favorite.