My article today concerns an event from August 6, which was my wife’s birthday. On the occasion I bought her a beautiful bouquet of roses. These dozen roses were of an unusual color making them especially attractive. With that thought in mind, I plan to talk about rooting roses which one receives as a gift bouquet and producing a living memory. We often encounter special events in our life where we wish that we could keep the set of roses forever, well, you actually can. Most people dry roses from special events in their life, but you can create a complete bush with very little effort. Imagine how romantic it would be to preserve a complete rose bush from your wedding bouquet or other special event.

Roses are resilient by nature and they are easily grown and handled. The methods which I propose are “asexual’ propagation.” Thus, the flower which will result is “true” to the original stem. As a companion article in the weeks to come, I plan to explain about planting rose seeds to those experimenters who may be interested in that aspect of rose growing.

Before we get into the cutting and planting of the rose stem, let’s talk a bit about the soil necessary for growing healthy rose bushes. Regular garden soil is generally too dense for the rooting of stems. The soil that you select should be composed of several ingredients. I make mine out of equal parts of potting soil, perlite and sand. Mix it well and add some compost to the mixture.

Items needed for this experiment

  • Rose bouquet
  • Potting soil
  • Perlite
  • Sand
  • Rooting compound
  • Water
  • Sharp knife
  • Pencil
  • Plastic wrap

I soaked the bouquet overnight in a container of water. Next, I start the process by taking one rose stem of the bouquet. Unfortunately, if the stem has turn brown it is too late to propagate it. There is simply no life left in the stem and it will not grow. You will need a section of stem which is approximately 6 to 8 inches long, therefore if you have a complete stem it is possible to get two cuttings from it. Remove the leaves from the plant so that you have only the bare stem. Cut the stem at an angle at both ends so that you have more internal growth available. Scrape the end of the stem with a clean, sharp knife to expose more of the inside section. Dip the section into some fresh water, and I recommend dipping it in rooting powder since it contains fungicide and plant growth regulator. Take your pencil and make a hole in the moist soil and finally place the stem into the hole several inches deep. Cover some dirt around the stem and place a piece of plastic over the container.

Your goal during the rooting process should be to maintain a moist but not soaked environment within the rooting container. The rose stems must be maintained in this humid environment which is why we use the plastic. Use this for the entire rooting period to keep the moisture in. To ensure that you are placing the stem into the soil properly look at the prickle or thorns of the rose stem. These should be pointing up away from the soil. The best rooting temperature is approximately 75°F.

When it is time to plant your roses outdoors in the spring, it will need at least 6-weeks of an acclimatization period prior to planting. This period is necessary to get the plants roots established well into the ground and accustomed to the environment. I will keep you updated on this experiment and provide you with additional information as the process develops.

As an added bonus to those people who already have rose bushes in their yard here is a quick tip on how to multiply them. This technique is called “pegging” and is a natural stem layering process where you nick or scratch the bottom portion of the rose cane, causing the plant to send rooting hormones to the injury location. Weigh the stem down a little below the soil level with a rock or a “peg” stake and cover the area with some soil. The following spring the stem will have produced roots, and all you need to do is separate that stem from the Mother plant.

Joseph Parish
My name is Joseph Parish. I am also known as "Word Writer", a freelance writer who specializes in a host of subjects from survival and emergency actions to gardening. Over the years, I have found that many people involved in the subject of survival claim an attraction towards the subject they practice. A few of them have really meant it. Fewer still have put their life into it and shown their true feelings about the subject. I attended the American Public University, specializing in Emergency Management and Terrorism. I have written one book on terrorism entitled “The Mind of a Terrorist”, and it is available on Amazon.I was brought up in southern New Jersey and attended school in the Millville area, graduating from the Millville Senor High school in 1966. By the time I graduated, I was hooked upon entering the United States Air Force. I was determined to enter the military and pursue a field of study in the area of electronics. I initially attended a course in Aircraft Radio Repair at Kessler Air Force Base in Mississippi. Later, I was trained as a Ground Radio Repairman. Little did I realize that this course of training would eventually lead him into the Forward Air Control Career field.I remained in the military for 21 years, at which time I visited many foreign countries as well as just about all 50 states in America. In 1987, I decided that it was time to get out of the military and retire from active duty. It was at this time that I made a quantum career leap; combining my, military electronics training with my love of Aircraft, I became employed by TRW Aerospace in Redondo Beach California. The company was involved in developing and manufacturing various space craft units and satellites for the government. I will readily admit that the company was one of the greatest places I had ever worked, and really hated to leave the company, but I decided to depart the area. I have developed many interesting and cherished friendships while learning survival techniques, particularly those that dealt with earthquakes. Unfortunately, the area was not the best place to bring up children in and upon the conclusion of my contract with TRW, I returned to the east coast.Upon my return to the New Jersey area, I began teaching school for several years. I generally taught Junior High subjects, such as science and math. After getting involved in the teaching of young minds, I was informed that a close relative in Florida was ill and required help. Without hesitation, I headed to the sunshine state to assist. While in Florida I was employed as an RF Amplifier Engineer.Eventually the crisis which had brought me to Florida was over, and I was once again heading back up north, only this time to the state of Delaware. Here I worked as a mainframe computer operator for a major chicken producer until I decided that it was time for me to permanently retire.I decided to take a slightly different route. I was attracted to the topic of survival because of my love for the military and my field of work while I was active duty. When 9-11 took place in America, there was a rise in the popularity of survival preparations which led to both government and private citizens being concerned about survival. These people and agencies had the freedom to select the various topics relating to the subject and the followers began to flock to them because of their knowledge and values. By the end of 2007, various internet websites began cropping up relating to survival. One such website was mine. Being a part-time newspaper reporter in New Jersey years ago, I would create my own form of written articles.My first exposure to "survival" came as an Air Force Forward Air Controller (ROMAD) during my 21 years in the military. I have served as a unit Safety NCO, Emergency Preparedness NCO and other related duties. Some of my safety related articles had been published in the Air Force Safety Manual. Over the years I have taken courses ranging from FEMA sponsor classes to “Aircraft aviation” courses in my efforts to become more informed on survival techniques and procedures. I am a firm believer that you must be ready for any sort of emergency and above all you simply cannot rely upon the government to help you during times of crisis. I am a follower of the philosophy that you should continue to learn as much as you possibly can and believe that when you stop learning you are simply dead.I am currently an active volunteer in the Delaware Medical Reserve Corp, participating in the Delaware Bat Monitoring Program and the Terrapin Rescue. I previously was a Red Cross volunteer working with the Emergency Management Section of the organization.My hobby is gardening and I have my own greenhouse. I love experimenting with the propagation of plants. Many of my articles center around the topic of gardening. I look forward to accepting assignments from potential clients. Feel free to contact me at (302) 404-5976.

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