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Is It Better To Root Rose Cuttings In Water Or Soil

When propagating rose cuttings, whether to root them in water or soil can be a difficult decision. Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages, and ultimately the best option depends on the gardener’s preference and environmental factors.

Water propagation is a popular choice because it allows for easy monitoring of root growth, as well as the potential for faster rooting times. However, this method also requires more attention to keep the cuttings fresh and free from rot.

Soil propagation may take longer to root but has a higher success rate compared to water propagation. The soil provides essential nutrients and moisture needed for healthy growth, reducing the risk of rot and increasing transplant success.

To begin the water propagation process by filling a glass with distilled or filtered water up to 3-4 inches. Then remove leaves about two-thirds the way up the stem, leaving only a few leaves at the top that can photosynthesize. With clean scissors, make diagonal cuts at each end of cutting: one just above a leaf node (where leaves emerge) on top side ad a second under that node on the bottom side (2-3 inches long). Place cutting into a prepared container with room temperature distilled or filtered water, completely submerging leaf nodes, taking care not get the foliage wet, which can lead to rotting of stem cuttings.

Soil propagation begins with preparing good quality potting mix in a similar way by removing two-thirds leaves from cutting above and placing it deep into the moistened potting mix. Keep the container in a warm area where enough bright light reaches the plant but not too much sun scorch foliage.

In conclusion, your choice between rooting rose cuttings in water or soil really depends upon your needs and general setup. It is worth experimenting with both methods over time to see which yields better results for you.

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