Last fall before the frost arrived I was busy cleaning up the garden and noticed some of my roses were out of control, so I trimmed them back.
The plan was to burn the limbs and then a memory surfaced.
My grandma loved roses and she took cuttings from her roses all the time to propagate. These bushes were planted around the base of her home, along the fence and some even in her rockery. It was beautiful!
I remember one afternoon when she showed me how to root roses. The concept was to expand the roses without having to spend a lot of money to make your yard look nice.
I was probably 10 years old and really never dreamed of ever owning a home, out of respect I embraced this new lesson.
It wasn’t odd to see pots of starter roses all over the yard and she quite often gave them away to family and friends.
The first lesson began with a good soil base and she was correct because as I’ve discovered if you have good soil the possibilities are endless. It seems I’ve never forgotten these discussions they seem to compliment my garden activity perfectly.
When I was cleaning up the garden I wanted to explore how grand our soil has become and this led me to rooting roses.
Cuttings to New Roots
In October when I trimmed my roses I took some of those cuttings aside, grabbed recycled buckets, filled with dirt, and stuck the stems straight down the center.
Last week when I was working in the garden I noticed the stems were green. I wondered if under that soil might there be the beginning of a root system?
You guessed it, I emptied the bucket to examine and yes I successfully rooted roses without using root hormone.
I can’t even begin to express the excitement. I remember saying to myself, she was right again!
Replanting the Rooted Roses
The next step was to get the roots back in the soil; it had recently rained so the dirt was very moist and this time I got a larger bucket and filled it about halfway.
This time I left a hole in the center prior to adding the rooted stems.
The final step was to finish covering with dirt.
Old forgotten gardening truths sometimes seem to be forgotten. It’s when you remember that everything begins with good soil, anything is possible.
That little nugget of truth goes beyond the garden because all good things come from a strong foundation.
This little rose has a great start and I can hardly wait for spring when new sprouts appear.
Have you ever transplanted roses without using root hormone? This is a great way to discover how good the soil is around you.