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Here's a question DGato asked on the About Gardening Forum and it's probably crossed you mind once or twice, when you received a particularly nice cut rose. "Can store-bought roses be rooted and grown? I have two stems with three segements each, and I'd like to try to grow them. I'm currently soaking them in water. What do I do and what am I currently doing wrong?"

They might root, but most cut roses are grown on plants that have been grafted onto the rootstock of a different kind of rose, for strength, disease resistance or hardiness. And cut roses that have been sitting in water have already expended a lot of energy in blooming. So there's no guarantee your rose will thrive, even it if does root. That said, you have nothing to lose by trying and here's how.

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December 27, 2007 at 10:04 am
(1) Raymond says:

It’s “grafted” not “grated”.

December 31, 2007 at 6:01 am
(2) gardening says:

What a difference a word makes. I hope no one tried grating their roses! Thanks for catching it.

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