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Name: Bi and farmwind Dehuan
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Aug 27, 2013 4:30 AM CST
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Had you tried that way before?
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plantladylin
Aug 27, 2013 8:07 AM CST
Very interesting! I've never seen or heard of anyone growing cuttings in potato's before! Great job ... beautiful roses! Thumbs up
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Aug 27, 2013 8:32 AM CST
Very interesting. Are those photos from some that you did?
Is the purpose of the potato to keep the rooting end from drying out?
Would love to know more.
Name: Sandi
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Bubbles
Aug 27, 2013 8:52 AM CST

The potato seems to keep the rose cutting "watered" and possibly give the cutting some food as the potato decomposes. It seems to be a great idea. You can plant the potato and cutting without fretting about watering those little pots of cuttings. Just plant them and forget them, until the rose cuttings set leaves!

I believe that photo is from Pinterest.
Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Aug 27, 2013 9:06 AM CST
Thank you Sandi.
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plantladylin
Aug 27, 2013 9:39 AM CST
I think it would be a great way to keep cuttings from drying out, giving them a good chance at survival and from the looks of those photo's it worked ... if those photo's are the actual product of the rose cuttings stuck in the potato's. I think I was reading somewhere just recently about someone growing cuttings of some type of plant in potato's but I don't remember where I saw it ... somewhere here on ATP maybe?

I wonder if you might get potato's growing along with the roses? I placed a bunch of potato skins that I hadn't chopped up real well into the compost bin one time and apparently the "eyes" decided to grow and I had potato's growing in the compost. Green Grin!
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greene
Aug 27, 2013 10:41 AM CST
I wonder if you could use this potato idea when shipping cuttings to keep them from drying out during shipping?
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plantladylin
Aug 27, 2013 10:45 AM CST
I guess it's possible but the weight of the potato's would add to the cost of shipping.
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eclayne
Aug 27, 2013 11:02 AM CST

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Only from the mind of a gardener. Thumbs up Thumbs up
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greene
Aug 27, 2013 11:31 AM CST
Your choice:
cheap shipping = stressed or dead plant
slightly more expensive shipping = happy, healthy plant

I'd gladly pay the extra!
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valleylynn
Aug 27, 2013 11:54 AM CST
Use the Flat Rate boxes. No weighing required. Hurray!
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greene
Aug 27, 2013 12:50 PM CST
I agree Hurray!
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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Aug 28, 2013 1:52 PM CST

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It's a good shipping method, but not the best option for growing roses. In most cases, the method produces large potato plants and dead rose cuttings. The little cuttings can't compete successfully for light, water, and nutrients with the much larger potato plants.
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valleylynn
Aug 28, 2013 3:51 PM CST
Thank you for that information Zuzu. I will not try this for that reason.
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woofie
Aug 30, 2013 4:33 PM CST
Oops! Sounded like a good idea till you weighed in, Zuzu!
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porkpal
Aug 30, 2013 9:05 PM CST
I have heard that the early settlers coming across the ocean to this country transported their valued rose cuttings in potatoes as did the pioneer families moving west. I don't think they actually planted the potato with the cutting, however.
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