Recently, I discovered a natural and effective method for rooting rose cuttings using aloe vera. In this article, I’ll share my journey and tips on how to successfully grow roses from cuttings with the help of this natural rooting hormone.
Why Aloe Vera?
Aloe vera is renowned for its healing and growth-stimulating properties, which make it an excellent choice for a natural rooting hormone. It contains enzymes and vitamins that promote root growth, making it a safer and more organic option compared to synthetic rooting hormones.
Step 1: Selecting the Right Rose Cuttings
Choosing healthy and mature rose stems is crucial for successful propagation. I look for stems that are about 6-8 inches long, with several sets of leaves. The best time for cutting is in the morning when the plant is fully hydrated.
Step 2: Preparing the Aloe Vera Gel
I extract fresh aloe vera gel from the leaves of the aloe plant. It’s important to use fresh gel to ensure the presence of active growth hormones. I gently scoop out the gel without damaging the aloe leaf.
Step 3: Dipping Cuttings in Aloe Vera Gel
Before planting, I dip the base of each rose cutting in the aloe vera gel, ensuring it’s fully coated. This gel acts as a natural barrier against fungi and bacteria, reducing the chance of rot.
Step 4: Planting the Cuttings
I prepare a pot with well-draining soil and plant the cuttings about 2 inches deep. It’s essential to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged, and to place the pot in a location with indirect sunlight.
Step 5: Patience and Care
The key to success is patience. It takes about 4-6 weeks for the cuttings to develop roots. During this time, I ensure the soil remains moist and watch for signs of growth.
Using aloe vera as a natural rooting hormone for rose cuttings has been a rewarding experience. It’s an easy, cost-effective, and sustainable method that any gardening enthusiast can try. With a little patience and care, you can grow beautiful roses and enjoy the process of nurturing them from cuttings.
Shannon Stansberry has been engaged in the business of raising chickens for more than 12 years. In 2016, she accomplished the Agriculture & Natural Resources program at Mt. San Antonio College. At present, she tends to more than 80 chickens on her 4-hectare farm. Shannon regularly shares her insights and experience on how to raise healthy and contented chickens on the platform Typesofchickens.com