A reader came across the story we did awhile back on starting plants from cuttings and left a question in the comments section.
“How do I root roses from the florist?” asked Tina Strength. “How do I start them rooting and growing?”
This question intrigued me. It never even occurred to me that you might be able to grow a plant from a rose you get in a bouquet from the florist.
I turned to David Clark, the local horticulturist who teaches the series of horticulture class at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. He says that yes, you can indeed start a plant from a cut rose, and he shows us how to do that in this video.
This is such a cool idea! It would be so romantic to have a piece of your wedding bouquet or other special roses growing year after year in your yard. This would also be a fun way to propagate rose plants that no one else in your neighborhood has.
In the video below, Clark shows us step by step how to propagate a rose you get from the florist.
He points out that the plant that results from this propagation technique will be an own-root rose. He explains how that compares to the grafted roses that we usually grow in our gardens in Western New York.
You can learn more about rooting all sorts of plants in Clark’s hands-on class on basic propagation to be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 at the Botanical Gardens, 2655 South Park Avenue, Buffalo. The cost is $20 for Botanical Garden members and $25 for non-members.
And check out these other videos with Clark: