This is what I truly call a DIY challenge; growing roses for Lent. Many people do their planting during this season, and the planting of roses seems to be the most popular. Growing roses from scratch can be quite challenging and can take some time. However, growing roses from cuttings will shoot flowers in the short time of three weeks. The rose is one of the most beautiful flowers you can have in your garden. They are nothing short of breathtaking and their beauty is always appreciated. Roses are most popular in February for Valentine’s Day however, more and more people are looking for roses throughout the year. Some interior decorators also use fresh roses for weddings, anniversaries and other types of special functions.
Roses also smell as good as they look. They have a light and sweet scent that can be very alluring. To grow roses all you need is a location that is mostly sunny, a little gardening knowledge and what we at HG Caribbean like to call the “DIY Drive”. Roses can be a little high maintenance, so it is important that you choose a good location for your rose bed. They won’t survive if the soil is wet and soggy, so always place them in a well-drained soil. Roses also need at least one-half day’s sun and giving them shade from the heat of the afternoon will lengthen the life of the flowers. Good garden soils are also required to produce good roses. You should also add organic matter such as manure to improve overall growth.
If you already have a rose plant you can get your cutting from there, if you don’t you can always ask someone with a rose plant to derive your cutting from their plant. It is actually really simple. Cut around the stem of the rose plant using a gardening knife. Don’t cut the stem directly off, you just need to cut in to about 2cm.
Apply rooting hormone compound to the cut area. You can purchase rooting hormone or you can make your own, as the store bought types can be toxic due to the added fungicide. Next wrap it with coco moss or coconut fibers. Over the coco moss or coconut fibers wrap a piece of plastic, hold the plastic in place using wrapping twigs or normal string will work.
It will be approximately 14-21 days before roots start to spring out of the cut section. You will have to remove the wrapping to check for your newly sprung roots. When they do appear, use your garden knife again to cut underneath them and that’s your cutting that you can now plant.
Dig a hole large enough to hold the entire root system and deep enough so that the stem joint is two inches below the soil’s surface. Place the plant in position and put the loose crumbly soil around the roots and secure them with your hands.
Pay close attention to your watering habits as watering is important if you expect your roses to continue blooming even when there is insufficient rainfall. They require about an inch of water each week, and to protect the soil from drying, mound up loose soil to a height of 10 to 12 inches above the normal ground level. Don’t remove this mound of soil until the plant starts growing healthily. The rose plant usually takes about three weeks to settle in the new ground and start shooting new branches and flowers.
Home & Garden Caribbean Lifehack: To avoid damage to your rose flowers water them by soaking only the soil rather than using overhead sprinkling.