Rose Stems Are Still Growing After Flowers Died Can They Be Planted

Question From: N. Michalak - MICHIGAN
Q: A couple of weeks ago, I bought 6 yellow long stem roses. When the flowers had dried, I was going to compost them, but all the stems were sprouting new growth. I've trimmed off the dead flowers, and the stems continue to grow. Should I take them out of the vase and plant them in soil? Will I get viable rose bushes from the stems? Thanks. Love your "Gardening" column.

A: Anything is possible, but plants need roots to grow, number one. Secondly, even if they did live, chances are your roses are probably not winter hardy. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy