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Can I Leave Rose Cuttings In Water

Rose cuttings can be a satisfying way to propagate new plants. But what is the best way to do it? Can you simply leave them in the water? The answer is both yes and no, depending on the situation.

Firstly, it is true that rose cuttings can be left in water for a short period of time as part of the propagation process. However, this is only appropriate for softwood cuttings taken during the growing season. If your cuttings are hardwood, you’ll need to take some additional steps before applying water or moving onto potting soil.

To start with, ensure that you have a cutting with fully developed leaves but without any flowers or buds present. These will encourage mold growth instead of root development. Next, remove any thorns or lower leaves from the stem so that no leaves sit below the surface of the water.

The container needs to allow light in but should not have direct sunlight exposure. Roots typically appear after two to three weeks when left in warm indoor conditions between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius.

However, once roots have formed, your next steps must involve transplanting them into the soil where they can continue to develop properly towards pot or garden planting later on.

Ultimately it’s better to opt for other methods, such as rooting hormone, gel, or powders which lead to more reliable results than leaving cuttings in standing water alone. Remember, good growth always begins at ground level!

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