Grow Roses from Cuttings with this Toilet Paper Hack

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If you want quick and guaranteed rose propagation, then learn How to Grow Roses from Cuttings with this Toilet Paper Hack!

Propagating roses from stem cuttings is easy, but what if you could make it easier. You can do this with the help of one secret thing that lies in your toilet–A TOILET PAPER! Yes, you read that right!

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How this Toilet Paper Hack for Roses is Useful

While growing roses from cuttings, moisture plays a key role in root development. If the level is not right, the cuttings may die. Toilet paper traps the moisture within the lower part of the stem, which keeps it moist and too very evenly, thereby greatly boosting the chances of successful propagation.

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What Types of Roses to Grow with Toilet Paper?

When it comes to growing roses from cuttings, always pick the heirloom and non grafted varieties as they root a lot better than the modern hybrids. Also, take softwood and semi-hardwood cuttings, you can do this from spring to early fall. The more accurate perfect time for rose propagation in your place depends on the climate and zone.

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Grow Roses from Cuttings with this Toilet Paper Hack

1. Get Healthy Cuttings

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For this hack to work perfectly, you have to start with healthy cuttings. Snip 6-8 inches long stems from a lush plant using a sharp, sanitized shear.

Semi-hardwood cuttings are easy to root and give the best results.

2. Snip Away the Leaves

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Remove leaves from the stems so that all of the plant energy is directed towards growing new roots.

3. Make a Cut on Both Ends

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Cut both the ends of each stem at a 45° angle. This will boost the chances of propagation by a great margin.

4. Roll the Stems with Toilet Paper

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Dip the end that you are about to cover in a rooting hormone, and roll the stems with 3-4 layers of toilet paper. Do not roll them too up and too much, and DO NOT cover them more than half, as it will hamper the supply of air.

You can also use paper napkins or any other paper that will decompose for this purpose.

5. Wet Evenly

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After wrapping all the stems, spray some water on the toilet paper till it soaks up completely. Squeeze away extra water. Also, be careful with the thorns while handling the stems.

6. Prepare a Pot

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Take a medium-sized planter and fill it with seed starting or any well-draining potting mix. Do not fill it all the way up. Just line 1/4th of the bottom with the growing medium.

7. Place the Cuttings

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Now, strew all the cuttings in the pot, as shown in the above image. Do not poke them in the growing medium. Also, make sure you are not damaging the toilet paper.

8. Top it Up With Soil

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Cover the cuttings with soil to 50 or 75 percent of their height. Remember, do not cover or bury the cuttings in the growing medium completely; soil should only cover up to the toilet paper. Once done, evenly mist the growing medium and the cuttings.

9. Let them Grow

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Place the pot where it gets plenty of bright and indirect light. Keep misting regularly to keep the soil slightly moist.

10. Check the Growth

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After 2-4 weeks, you’ll see new leaves shining, this is the time to take the cuttings out from the pot and examine for the signs of growth of the roots. At this point, you will be able to spot the roots positively.

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11. Wash Away the Toilet Paper to Expose the Roots

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Roots are a clear indication that the cuttings are becoming plants. Now, you can rinse them with water to wash the toilet paper and expose the roots completely.

12. Re-Plant and Watch the Cuttings Becoming Happy Rose Plants and Bloom!

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After washing the toilet paper off the roots, you can plant the cuttings in pots or your garden, and soon, they will become thriving plants full of beautiful and scented rose flowers.

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