Ensuring that rose stems bloom abundantly through cutting propagation involves an unconventional but effective secret ingredient: potatoes! Before planting, insert the cut end of the stems into holes created in potatoes. Potatoes serve as a consistent moisture source for the cuttings until they establish roots.

While the idea might seem unusual initially, it has proven to be successful. To promote lush flowering, consider the following valuable advice:

  1. Begin by identifying a garden location that receives predominantly shaded conditions throughout the day. Dig a hole approximately 15 cm deep and fill it with 5-6 cm of sand.
  2. Select a pencil-thick stem, around 23 cm long, for propagation. A mature cutting-ready stem is typically one from which a thorn can be bent without breaking or damaging the stem’s skin. Opt for younger stems, preferably from the current year, for the propagation process.
  3. Cut the chosen rose stem below the bud, as the root of the cutting will develop from this point. Remove both thorns and leaves from the stem.
  4. Insert the prepared cut into the potato placed in the dug hole, covering it with two-thirds of the soil. Ensure the potato is positioned in the sandy section, and press the sand around it to eliminate air pockets.
  5. Apply potting soil or nutrient-rich black soil, possibly mixed with a bit of manure, on top of the sandy layer. Maintain moisture around the cutting throughout the summer, aiming to have a rooted cutting ready for transplanting by November.