DIY Rose Bushes

I saw the craziest thing on the internet the other day – someone decided to grow rose bushes from a bouquet. Yep – never would’ve thought of that in a million years! I found it on a site called Whatcha Doin’ Mom?! Really, it’s kind of a genius idea, so I figured I’d give it a try myself. I just happened to receive a Mother’s Day bouquet that included sprays of lovely small pink roses, so it was the perfect chance. After about a week and the flowers started to wilt but the stems were still soft and green, I followed the instructions in the post – just cut the tops and bottoms off the stem, remove all the foliage, and dip the root end in cinnamon (which acts as a natural rooting hormone) and plant it up. Here are mine –


You’ll also notice I’ve been busy potting up assorted herbs and have turned my strawberry pot into an herb nursery  – lavender and lemon thyme are visible, and the pot also contains a tarragon, basil and second lavender. The lavenders will have to be potted on when they put on more growth, but I digress.

Back to the roses. I’ll know in a week if this this little trick works – hopefully they will start to root and leaf out, then over a season or two grow into a proper rose bush sizable enough to plant out. I hope it does work, because how cool would that be!? Such an affordable way to get a garden full of roses, and I just love getting two for the price of one. Stay tuned!