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Love CAN spring eternal! Cut roses aren't dead roses...
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Love CAN spring eternal! Cut roses aren't dead roses... - February 14, 2011, 12:20 PM

Those beautiful roses can be YOUR roses forever!!

Alright, I must admit, no matter how much of a cliche or traditional, I'm a sucker for roses. Never thought I would be. Must be an inherent, irreparable gender flaw.

From WTOP Garden Plot's Mark McGrath:

Turn Cut Roses into Live Plants
Going to spring for cut roses this Valentine's Day? Consider turning some of those cut flowers into living rose plants.

Take some of the stems out of the bouquet, cut the flowers off with a couple inches of stem attached and display these short-stem specimens in a cut glass bowl filled with marbles and water. (This must be done. The canes won't root if the flowers are left on top).

Fill a big plant pot (plastic, with good drainage holes) with soil-free mix (NOT outdoor dirt) saturated with water.

Cut the bottom couple of inches off each severed stem, remove half the leaves from each cane, gently insert the canes a few inches deep in the saturated mix, hang a plastic bag loosely over top (to trap moisture) and place in a warm area, but not in direct sun.

Keep the mix well-watered and mist the canes every morning.

After a month or so, new growth will appear on the canes that have rooted. When that happens, remove the plastic bag and cut back on the watering. Layer an inch of good compost on the surface of the soil. Grow them inside for another few weeks and then take the pots outside to an area with bright light and morning sun only. Keep watering lightly.

When you and they are ready, select spots that get morning sun and afternoon shade, loosen the soil well, gently plant each cane, being careful not to crush the new roots, and then mulch them with an inch of compost. NO WOOD CHIPS, SHREDDED BARK OR OTHER TRASHY MULCH.

Keep the plants well watered throughout their first summer, freshen up the compost mulch mid-summer (no chemical fertilizer or any 'rose treatments') and DON'T prune them in the fall.

The following spring, prune them back a bit, remove the old mulch and replace with fresh compost and you should see a nice run of blooms. Good luck.

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February 14, 2011, 12:29 PM

I bought my wife a rose from Stephen Singer last year.

They take a rose and dip it in gold. It's awesome.

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February 14, 2011, 12:42 PM

Too bad the same trick doesn't work for smashed up bodywork.

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