No matter what the occasion, flowers are nearly always a perfect gift. People love getting a bouquet of roses because it makes them feel special and brightens their day. Unfortunately, as nice as it is to get some cut flowers, they tend to start wilting and dying pretty quickly.
While there are various tricks that can extend their lives by a few days, such as adding sugar or even vodka to the water in the vase, this trick can help you do a whole lot more. Once you learn about the power of the potato, you'll never look back! By planting your rose stems in a potato, you can regrow their roots and enjoy their beauty for a whole lot longer.
Here's what you will need:
- Cut rose
- Small/medium potato
- Plastic bottle
- Flower pot
Select a rose that you'd like to regrow and remove all the leaves. Then, cut the stem at a 45-degree angle roughly an inch and a half below the flower.
Next, use a sharp object to drill a hole into your potato. Make sure the hole is snug for your rose stem, you don't want the stem to have much room to wiggle around in there.
Now, fill your pot with 2-3 inches of soil and set your potato in the middle. Fill the rest of the pot with soil, surrounding the rose bud and completely covering the potato. That's pretty much all there is to it! All that's left now is to create a miniature "greenhouse" around your plant to speed up growth.
Simply cut the bottom of a plastic bottle off and set it carefully around the stem, sticking it slightly into the soil. Every time you go to water, pour the water on the outside of the bottle to protect the plant from drowning. With some luck, the new shoots should start to appear pretty quickly.
Gardening takes time and patience. It's certainly not a foolproof endeavor. If your first attempt doesn't succeed, don't get discouraged. Try planting several stems in order to increase your odds.
H/T: Crafting with Fate