Hot to grow new roses from a store bought bouquet

Published on 10 March 2023 at 12:29

I was happily surprised this past Valentine's Day with 4 dozen roses from my husband and kiddos. Valentine's Day is the anniversary of the hubbies and my civil wedding. I wish I took a picture of the flowers, but I was too busy living in the moment :p, and it never occurred to me that I would be needing a picture, but I will add a picture of roses so you get the idea. I absolutely love flowers, all plants really, and hated when they started to wilt. Although I would change the water and cut the ends every few days, the roses only lasted around two weeks. I was about to throw them all away when I noticed new growth on some of the stems. I decided I would try to grow some new roses/rose shrubs from the rose cuttings. I did a little reading on how to go about this, and for the most part it seems simple. I will share the steps I did so far and as the roses, hopefully, grow and flourish, I will update the post and the pictures of the growth. 


Get the supplies needed ready:

-Rose stems (cutting) cut at an angle around an inch above the new bud/growth

-Potatoes: doesn't matter which kind, I used the smaller potatoes and cut them into quarters

-Knife to cut the potatoes and rose stems

-Potting soil: I used what I had on hand which was Micracle-Gro moisture control potting mix

-Planters, I got these at the Dollar tree, they are small and stack-able

-Plastic bag or newspaper, depending where you do the planting, to protect the surface and collect any soil that might have spilled




I used the knife to cut the potato into quarter pieces, made a small cut at the top of the quarter piece of potato, and then inserted one rose stem into each quarter piece. I added a little bit of soil at the bottom of each planter, then added the potato with the rose stem, then covered it all with soil. 


Side note: We use potatoes to assist in rooting of the rose cutting because potatoes are generally high in water content so they keep the cutting moist and help the chances of the cutting taking root. 

I was lucky to have my littlest one helping by adding soil to the planters. I love having my kids help when they can with projects, it does require a little patience sometimes, but we get to spend time together all while they get to learn and have fun hands on, even though it might be a bigger mess for me to clean up :p.  Thankfully, I put a plastic bag on the table to help collect the extra soil that didn't make it into the planters. It's winter here and all of our gardening tools are put away, so we improvised and used a spoon. After we finished planting all of the potato rose cuttings ,we stacked the planters on top of each other and put them by the window. 

Here is the finished product! I can't wait to watch the roses grow, and hopefully transfer them into soil outside probably around May this year. Stay tuned for updates on the growth. Let me know if you have any questions. I am in no way a horticulturist, but love plants, planting, and was so happy to be able to (hopefully) reuse the stems to help grow more plants instead of just throwing the wilted roses away (I believe this is called plant propagating, but hey potato, potatoe). If you try to do this at home, let me know how it goes and feel free to share photos. Happy planting. =)

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