If you are a gardener then you must have grown flowers. They bring great beauty and make the garden look amazing and attractive. Many people prefer flowers in their garden as it adds on to the beauty of the garden. The most popular flower that most people want to plant is the rose. People prefer this flower because of its beauty and what it symbolizes. It symbolizes the affection and love that every person craves. If you are a professional gardener you must have this type of rose or may have tried to plant hydroponic roses at your home. There are many ways this could be grown but we will tell how Roses can be grown hydroponically.
Benefits of Growing Hydroponic Roses
It is witnessed that by growing rose hydroponically plants grow at a faster phase than in normal gardens. The chances that a plant could be affected by any diseases are minimized. Thus a better variety of Rose plants could be achieved by this process.
One of the systems for hypnotically growing a Rose is N.F.T (nutrient film technique). This system could easily be achieved either in your local gardening shop or you could order this system online. We should select the type of Rose that we want to grow in the system. Many varieties of roses strive well in the hydroponic system these include shrub roses climbing roses, and modern roses.
Where to Place Hydroponic Roses
They could be placed anywhere in the house like roof, basement, greenroom, etc. But the thumb rule is that at least 6 hours of light should be available in that place. If you want to grow it in a place where the sun is not available then alternative source light should be provided to the plant-like grow lights. If alternative light is used then at least 10 to till13 hours of light should be provided for maximum growth.
Ways in Which Hydroponic Roses Could be Planted
By Planting Already Propagated Flower
The propagated plant could be bought home so that it could be placed in the N.F.T system. We first place pebbles in the hydroponic system then we pull the plant out of the pot. we shake the plant so that unnecessary soil is removed and the only soil that is connected to the roots of the plant is left. Then we place it above the pebbles. Make sure to put enough pebbles so that the uppermost surface of the soil is only 1 inch below the N.F.T system.
Growing by Propagation
There are two ways this could be achieved first is by rose seeds and others by stem cutting of rose plants. The most used method among them is the stem cutting method as it gives results at a faster phase than rose seeds. Growing hydroponic Roses by this method may be found problematic because the environmental conditions should be exactly perfect for the plant to flourish.
If these environmental conditions are not met then the new roots won’t grow in the stem and the plant will eventually die. The best time to cut the stem of the plant for propagation is in the summer season when they grow at a higher rate than other seasons. Using the stem of the plant in other seasons when the flowers of the plant are fading is discouraged as the probability that the plant will grow is decreased ten folds.
Conditions That Should be Met Before Planting of Hydroponic Roses
At the start, the Best grade growing mix should be added to a clean pot. The pot should not be that heavy and should drain the excess water easily leaving the soil with the perfect amount of moisture. A healthy stem with a bulb containing some amount of color is highly encouraged. The cutting should be of the upper part as if taken from the middle the roots do not grow efficiently.
The stem should be more than 6 inches long with healthy leaves. Cutting should be done in the leave node at an angle of 45 degrees with a sharp blade. Cut the leaves from the lower part of the stem. Bud and flowers should be plucked. The leaves in the upper part of the stem should be cut in half. This is done so that the energy by the cutting would be used to make new roots rather than maintaining leaves.
Steps in The Planting of Hydroponic Roses
Put the lower part of the stem in rooting hormone. About 2 inches of the lower stem should be in this solution. This part is not mandatory but it greatly increases the chances of the prosperity of the plant. A hole about 2 inches should be made in the pot and the stem should be placed in it. Then this pot should be placed in that part of the house that has the longest access to sunlight it may be a balcony, roof, etc. it should be moisturized regularly. The roots could be seen in four weeks if all the conditions are meeting.
After that, the plant should be placed in the hydroponic medium. The water nutrient pump is there in a hydroponic medium that takes care of all the requirements of water by the plant. It should be plugged into the socket carefully as it is the only mode of supply of water.
Type of Soil Necessary For Hydroponic Roses
These types of soil grow well in soils having ph. Between 6.5 to 7.5. To keep the measurement of the soil accurate we need a PH analyzer. The ph. of the soil needs to be analyzed every time fertilizer is added to them so that desire ph. is maintained.
Pruning of The Plant
Hands pruners should be used for this purpose as they have the grip and sharpness to cut the plant smoothly. The branches and stems that are damaged or dead should be cut by Hand pruning.
Required things for the growing of hydroponic Rose
Firstly an N.F.T system, a table to put the plant in a mat so that in case of spilling of water from the system the table won’t get dirty. The glowing light is required in case your plant is placed in a place that doesn’t have access to sunlight. Distilled water to remove access mud from the root of the system. Net pots. Trellis system so that the plant would have better access to sunlight and air. It also helps the plant to grow taller. Hand pruners so that dead stems could be cut easily.
Why hydroponic System is Ideal For Roses
This system to grow roses is ideal as continuous contact of hydroponic rose nutrient solution with the plant’s roots can cause damage to it. To minimize this damage a continuous flow of water is required this cannot be done by humans that’s why the hydroponic system is ideal for roses. With their constant supply of water and fertilizer via pump the requirement of the plant is meet and there is no damage to it. And thus the plant has a continuous and required supply of Hydroponic rose nutrients.
The ideal temperature required for these plants is 65 to 75 degrees. The thing that this plant needs especially while it is being grown indoors is carbon dioxide. So carbon dioxide tanks can be purchased and can be attached to the motor so that the gas could be released in the required time and satisfy the plant.
Gardening of Hydroponic Roses at Home
Cut the rose with a sharp pruner. The stem you are cutting should have at least 5 leaves in it as lower than that is deemed undesirable. But the cuttings in freshwater so that they could be fresh as long as possible. Another thing that could be done to prolong the freshness of the flower is to cut them in the morning. The flower that just blossomed is to be used for decoration purposes as it could stay fresh for a long time and gives a beautiful desired look. The flowers are one of the best benefits of gardening hydroponic roses at home.
Make sure that the stem cutting doesn’t have any type of diseases or pests, and no plants having these diseases should be placed with the stem as in the case of the hydroponic system these diseases spread easily. In case that these pests are in your plant then you could use pest products like a barricade that can get rid of this problem with minimum damage to the plant.
These are some of the ways you could plant this beautiful Aphrodite of flowers in your home and ripe the benefits in the form of pleasant smell and soul attractive look. This could be given to your loved ones as a gift too. And if they are kept in ideal condition then like true love they will never die.