Rooting Cut Roses!

I love fresh flowers.  They are bright and cheery and make me happy.  Amoeba knows the surest way to see my face light up is to bring me flowers — and he does every now and then.   Sometimes he brings me cut flowers.  Sometimes he brings me a plant.  Either are guaranteed to make me smile. The last time Amoeba got me flowers it was roses. Peace Roses are my favorites and he bought me a long stemmed bouquet for Easter. I call them my resurrection roses because five of those stems are in planters on our deck and they are growing!

The roses lasted a remarkably long time and I noticed they were growing in the vase even though they had been cut. I pointed the phenomena out to Amoeba and he suggested I got buy some pots and rose planting soil and see if I could root the silly things. I planted 9 of the twelve stems. Five of them are still thriving. We will keep them in planters this year and transplant them into the yard next Spring after the fear of frost has passed.

Desert Rose

Desert Rose

This beautiful flower grows on a lush, beautiful bush in my neighbor’s front yard. The other day I asked for permission to photograph the coffee tree in their front yard, and when permission was granted, I snapped this pic as well. We have one of these flowers in our yard, too. It is about 18 inches tall. I am never going to get to see it grow taller because I am certain it won’t fit in my suitcase, or survive the 30 days transport to Washington State with our household goods.

The Desert Rose, Adenium, is native to Southern Africa and Arabia, but is a very popular house plant in temperate regions.  It thrives on small amounts of moisture, much like a cactus and is a good house plant for under attentive caretakers.  That means if I can find one in Washington, I might actually be able to grow it!