An Easy Way to Start a Rose Garden

What do roses and potatoes have in common?

You might say, not much – potatoes are a little bit boring and roses are beautiful.  But, nature has a way of constantly keeping us intrigued, and throughout this article, we teach you how to use potatoes to start a rose garden.

Some people are born green thumbs.  My mother is a prime example of a green thumb.  I’m not so fortunate.  Even though I’ve spent springs and summers with my hands in the dirt, planting seeds and seedlings, weeding and caring.  I don’t have the same outcome.

Watching my mother harvest bushels of vegetables every year and fresh flowers all year round can be frustrating.   So much hard work goes into creating a garden but I’ve never been able to grasp the instincts that allowed her to produce such fantastic results, year after year.

My little strata potted garden, which I tend to once a week with its dying chilli plants and “almost making it giving you hope pineapple plant” pale in comparison.

Mum’s tried to help lift my skills.  Gifting gardening books, denying assistance for the learning experience, forcing me to do ‘my own research’  and shaking her head when the once were green plants are now brown.  I just don’t have the “feel” for it.   But, that doesn’t mean I stop trying.

This year’s attempts include a new herb garden, a few hardy flowers, succulents, mother-law-in-tongue or other varieties that require little love to survive.   As an avid gardener, she knows plenty of short cuts.   Recently she gifted me some rose clippings with instructions which I thought would definitely not work.  So, without delay, here is how to start a rose garden from the humble potato.

  1. Find some healthy rose cuttings
  2. Remove the leaves and thorns using some clippers
  3. Cut the bottom at a forty-five-degree angle
  4. Make a hole in a potato and place the cutting in the hole
  5. Plant the potato, cover, and soon enough you will have new rose plants ready to transplant to your garden bed.

If this tip has helped you, and you have roses growing, please let us know.   If you are a green thumb, who has excellent tips, we’d love to hear from you.   You can contact Gardenhood by emailing emma.house@gardenhood.com.au.

Gardenhood Team