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Stick a Rose Cutting in Your Potato & Get the Best Rose-Filled Summer Garden

Roses are the most popular flower grown in gardens, according to a poll of 30,000 gardeners by Bombay Outdoors. The rose took a whopping 32 percent of the total votes, with the second place flower (zinnia) only raking in 7 percent!

These beautiful blooms require some level of care to provide the best flower, but a handy technique from Fenyutas may help. The trick is to plant your rose cuttings in a potato before putting it into the ground. This helps ensure your flowers get enough moisture and nutrients as they acclimate to the soil. Keep reading and see how it’s done.

Materials
Rose cuttings
Knife and/or drill bit
Potato
1-liter water bottles

Directions
Follow these simple steps to get your potato-planted rose started.

1. Use a knife to cut all the thorns off the bottom half of your flower stem.

2. Use a knife to cut a narrow but deep hole into the body of the potato. Use a sharp knife and twist it in a circular motion. Make it just wide enough to fit the stem, but be careful not to cut all the way through the bottom of the potato. You can also use a drill bit to twist a hole into the potato.

3. Wedge your stem into the hole you just created with your knife. You may need to twist the stem a little to make sure it fits tightly. ​

4. Fill a medium-sized planter about 1/3 of the way full with soil and place your potato/rose cutting on top of the soil. Push into the soil to keep the potato stable. Then fill the rest of the container with soil.

5. Use a knife to cut off the bottom of a 1-liter bottle. Remove the lid and place the bottle (cut bottom down) over your rose cutting. You’ll want a bottle for each cutting that you plant. The bottles will protect your cuttings until they’re stronger.

Water as needed.

Other tips
If you really want to help your new roses succeed, try adding one of these tips to your maintenance routine:

– Add two to three chopped banana peels beneath the leafy area of your bush (but not touching the stem), or blend the peels with water. Let the banana water set for a few minutes before applying it to the roots of your plant.

– Woman’s Weekly recommends making sure that your roses get plenty of sunlight. They need at least four hours of sun each day.

-Protect your roses from critters like Japanese beetles and aphids by spreading plants apart (to keep any bugs or disease from spreading), and try applying a soap spray mixture to the flowers, according to Heirloom Roses.

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