Rooting or starting plants in a potato?

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  1. Nel frattempo

    Nel frattempo Well-Known Member

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    I have looked everywhere and used the "search" section, but cannot find Melissa's instructions for rooting plants by sticking the stems in a potato? Can someone tell me a link? Or did I mis understand about the potato? Thank you.
     
  2. RachAnn in NW Okla

    RachAnn in NW Okla Well-Known Member

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    http://www.homesteadingtoday.com/showthread.php?t=112480&page=1&pp=30&highlight=rose+potato

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    Earlier, Before the crash, someone had a tip about putting a cut rose into a potatoe to start new roots. Anyone remember exzactly what was to be done? I found a rose bush that I can get cuttings from.



    just cut the flower part off if it is blooming, cut the bottom at an angle and stick into an irish potato. plant the potato and rose cutting and put a glass jar over the stem to act like a mini greenhouse. keep it moist and leave the jar on until it starts growing new little leaves. Good luck with it. I usually get at least 2/3 of the ones I try to grow.
     

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    Nel frattempo Well-Known Member

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    Thank you! But what does the potato do? Fertilizer? Moisture?
     
  5. Peacock

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    I'm guessing it's a source of natural rooting hormone, plus it adds moisture to the rose cutting; potatoes root so easily. Willows root like crazy anyway, no potato needed. In fact you can make natural rooting hormone from willows. Neat trick! I'll have to try it if the sickly roses the previous owner planted in a weird spot survive being moved.