Rooting an Accidental Rose Cutting

Around the first week of July some critter broke a little stem a few inches long off my red rose bush. I brought the stem in the house and put it in a 3 oz. Dixie cup of water. I figured it would sit there and probably die, but I didn’t have the heart to throw it away.

I checked the water everyday and added water when it was needed. I was surprised, after a week that it looked like the stem had tiny root buds. The leaves were still healthy, but I clipped them off to hopefuly help it expend it’s energy on rooting.

I didn’t know roses would root in water. I read up on roses rooting in water and apparently it does happen but the survival rate is quite low. The roots grown in water aren’t like the roots grown in soil. I added potting soil to the cup and kept it watered almost muddy.

A week later I noticed some buds trying to grow. After another week I transplanted it to a small flower pot. I’ve kept it outside on the backporch in the shade and set it in the sun a few hours everyday when the weather allows.

The rose cutting has rewarded me with some healthy new leaves.
It’s doing so well. Before too long, I’ll need to transplant it in the ground, but I worry about it surviving the winter. Anyway, for now, I’ll enjoy it’s progress.

This rose cutting is my best success at rooting a rose and it was an accident. A happy accident.

Have you had any happy accident with growing flowers?

Wishing you all a happy week.

 

 

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Random Five Friday – 10-7-2016

p1070804Yesterday morning I looked out and saw a herd of deer in our backyard. I grabbed my camera and took some photos and a movie.

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hrbbrdSomething killed a bird and also dug up the corner of my herb garden. We can’t imagine what made such a mess.
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p1070854Our ornamental pear trees are full of little fruits. The birds and critters really enjoy these. It’s ashame the pears are inedible for humans.
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brdcrxI’m making some progress on my cross stitch. Having other color threads loaded on needles is the way to go.
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p1070927No reason for this photo, it helps make 5 randoms
I just think it’s a pretty marigold.
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Wishing you all a safe and pleasant weekend.

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