How to Propagate Roses Using Potatoes

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How to Propagate Roses Using Potatoes

I have to admit that I have never seen this idea before. I like to think I know a bit about gardening but this is a new one for me and it’s just such a great idea!

Did you know you can propagate roses by sticking them into potatoes? I found a great step by step guide on how to do it. I really think you’ll find this useful if you are looking to expand your rose garden on a budget.

Here’s the link to the article…

Amateur Gardening: Taking Rose Cuttings

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  1. need to know about my weeping willow….why is it dormant/bald now? bought it in a small pot, still there, keep it watered well, idk what is her problem. instructions said not to plant outside til next year. should I replant in larger pot?

  2. You should try a good fertilizer and put it in a window where it can receivesome sun exposure. If the pot is really small that would help as well don’t want to squeeze the roots. Try a time release fertilizer. Remember inside plants do not need to be overwatered. Check the soil only water when neccesary.

  3. Okay…this wins my “that’s so cool” award for the week, hands-down.

    I actually have some taters I was about to throw out…they’re starting to sprout (okay, so I don’t clean my fridge often enough…guilty :p ).

    We already have roses but I’ve been thinking of planting more for a while now.

  4. I just found this on Pinterest and have a few reservations. You really don’t need a potato to root a rose as long as its an older variety that lives on its own roots, rather than a graft on root stock.

    A simple rooting hormone such as Hormex Snip n Dip will work fine. Or you can try willow tea for a natural treatment.

    Take cuttings that have already bloomed, dip in the rooting hormone and stick in prepared soil. Best time for propagating is in the Fall.

    By using a different technique, you won’t have to worry about introducing any pathogens that are living on your potato, or potato plants emerging instead of roses.

  5. I don’t know about blackberries, but raspberries make their own babies, so there’s really no need to go through propagating.

  6. I’ve never used a potato before, but I’m sure it would work, I have about 80 roses in my garden of all types and have had no difficulty reproducing them from cuttings, the most important thing is to cut clean & sterilise the blade on your rose cutting implement.. It’s winter here in Oz, when I prune in in July I take cuttings usually from strong growth that has flowered, pot up in 2 inch tubes with sand & peat moss , 80/20 mix , don’t let the cuttings dry out & you will have a new plant in 6 months. The best part about it is when someone admires my roses I always have a plant to give them as a gift.

  7. I just have to say what a brilliant idea ! Does anyone on this blog know what is the best time to plant/propogate this way in South Africa – which would be the ideal time? Spring perhaps?

  8. Quick question….I have received a bouquet of gorgeous roses. Can I propagate using them? Also it is fall here in Massachusetts ….can I still do this outside or is the a way I could propagate inside over the winter….
    Any info would be helpful for me!

  9. I never heard of this method but will try it. I proagate forsythia, hydrangias, lilacs and many other plants by snipping the top off a branch sprinkling with the growth hormones. I then push the covered branch in a pot of soil and hold in place with a large rock. Has worked successfully every time. I’m trying it now with crepe myrtle. Wish me luck.

  10. I have lots of roses but don’t grow the way I would love them to , I am going to try your method thanks

  11. i would also like to know if i can do this with a rose that i recieved as a gift. its a tie died rose and i wud love to have a bush of these… will it work? maybe someone can answer this for us.

  12. Can I propagate a poplar tree cutting this way? Not into roses anymore
    I would like to know what I can or can’t propagate this way. Thanks for this tip.

  13. I’m VERY INTERESTED in the answer also. About 20yrs ago I replanted clippings of “SEVEN SISTERS ROSES” from my Gramma-In-Law. AND I HAD/HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I’M DOING WHEN IT COMES TO GARDENING!!!! AND TO MY AMAZEMENT??? THEY GREW!!!! But over the years I lost 2 1/2 of the 4 plants. ='( Now I’m DESPERATE TO SAVE THE REMAINING ONES!!!! THEY MEAN SOOOO MUCH TO ME!!!!
    !¡!¡!¡PLEASE HELP!¡!¡!¡ THANK YOU ;D


  14. I have been trying to find “Lady Banks” roses. Ive not been very successful at find them. There’s a lady in town that has a beautiful hedge of them. If I can get a clipping from her what is the best way to try to root the clipping?

  15. I used the potato to root my rose and it worked, but I also got potatoes too! But I don’t care. I thought it was great. It is so easy. I asked my sister to send me a piece of my dead mother’s rose bush that I had bought her in 88. We had transplanted it to my sisters house. Told her to put it in the potato, baggy it, pack it in in a box and send it to Tn.(she lives in Tx). We will see.

  16. Roses, in general, love to be pruned. You don’t have to be as careful as some of the websites will tell you, but need to have a general idea of what shape you want them to be. Some of the older varieties can be prone to diseases, but if they’ve been surviving well in your climate for twenty years, then they should be just fine. I live in a very drought stricken area with poor soil nd my roses do just fine. I just don’t leave unhealthy areas on them.

  17. The potato provides the perfect amount of moisture to the end of the rose cutting. The roots will grow through the potato and it will decompose (providing nutrients to rose in process). Also, potato provides a stable base to help anchor the fragile cutting. Also, the hormone applied to the base of the rose cutting acts as a fungicide where as the potato itself is a “root incubator” of sorts. Good Luck!

  18. Using potatoes as a rooting medium was the way pioneers would transport many types of cuttings including roses, to their new homes. Journals and diaries from the overland trails often cite seeing roses growing along the trail, usually a result of families trying to “lighten the load”, when things got tough.

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