Asked on May 1, 2017
How to start a rose bush from a stem rose?
I have six stem roses taken from flower arrangements that I would like to start rose bushes with. Hopefully. I know it can be done. I have been told three ways that I could do it and I would like to get your opinions on the best way.
1. I found this on a YouTube: Cut the bloom off and right below a nodule at an angle. Needs to be 6-8 inches. Remove about half of the stems (if several). Take a deep container and fill with Pearlite. Add water, do not overfill. Dip rose stem cutting into water, then into rooting hormone (he used Rootone NO. 10 but I could only find Garden Safe TakeRoot) about an inch or less. Knock off excess. Make a hole in Pearlite and insert rose stem cutting. Pack Pearlite around cutting. Cover in plastic or put in green house and mist with water. Will take 6-8 weeks to root.
2. My best friend/her mother told me to do this: Remove all stems. Dip in rooting hormone and put in potting soil.
3. A coworker told me to do this: Cut bloom off and right below a nodule at an angle. 6-8 inches needed. Leave stems. Add potting soil and some Pearlite to container. Dip in rooting hormone and insert into potting soil/pearlite mixture. Keep soil damp and do not over water. Put outside in indirect sunlight.
If you know a better way, please comment! These have sentimental value and I would love to be able to start a bush and keep them forever. Thank you in advance!