How to Propagate Roses Using Potatoes

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How to Propagate Roses Using Potatoes

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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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22 Responses to How to Propagate Roses Using Potatoes

  1. n3lie says:

    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?

    • Cassandra Hoffman says:

      you may need to put in a bigger pot the roots may have reached it limit and dont hae the room tog row that or if u have watered it to much and there isnt any holes for it to drain out the extra water it may have root rot

  2. Angela says:

    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. Christian says:

    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. bonnie adkison says:

    what is propagate never heard of it what means

  5. Jess says:

    I won’t get potatoes coming out my garden right..?

  6. Sharon says:

    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.

  7. Lorna Davies says:

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

  8. Bill says:

    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.

  9. Midlands Ink says:

    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?

  10. Linda says:

    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!

    • stacy says:

      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.

    • Sandi says:

      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


  11. Donna says:

    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.

  12. Kim Edie says:

    I love plants but they don’t like me.
    Any help would be appreciated.

  13. Lucy Jenkins says:

    I love in door plants but I don’t stand a chance with them ‘ they always fade away

  14. Lucy Jenkins says:

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

  15. T King says:

    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.

  16. Debbie Bates says:

    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?

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