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I'm sure most of you know the meaning of the word 'fontanelle'. For any of you who might not, put quite simply; it's the soft spot on the head of most newborns and infants.
When I was a little boy, one of the greatest pleasures of my young life was to hold a newborn baby. People, it's a wonderful feeling, creating a precious memory you carry with you the rest of your life.
I was given the opportunity to hold newborns several times as a child. An adult was always standing beside me, showing me the proper way to hold an infant. I was shown how to carefully support the head and I was made aware of the baby's fontanelle. The fontanelle was to always be protected and never to be touched.
How carefully I removed this rose leaf rooting from it's home, placed it in a scanner, scanned it and returned it to the soil, all reminded me of the great care I gave to holding a tiny baby.
I was inserting some rose cuttings in a medium when, as I did, a single, small leaf fell off one cutting and down to the medium. I said, 'Why not'? There was 3 or 4 millimeters of tiny stem attached to the leaf. I carefully inserted the first 3 into the medium.
Three weeks later while examining the cuttings, looking for and removing any that I thought might not make it; I noticed the single leaf looked turgid and quite healthy. Upon carefully lifting it, I noticed it had calloused over at the stem tip. I replaced it into the medium.
Two more weeks later, I again lifted the leaf from the medium. After scanning the leaf, I once more returned it to the medium. The results can be seen, below.
There is a force within this rose leaf; a program, actually. That program is for a means to continue the life of the rose leaf. If all proper conditions are met, the program will be triggered to play. I supplied the proper conditions and the program did begin to play. I just hope my briefly disrupting this program for at least 3 times, will not cause it to cease playing.
Although this post is listed as a tip, it is not. As you have read, the procedure was quite simple. I am posting this article on ThriftyFun as documentation. While rooting a single, small rose leaf may be commonplace, I have never heard of such. I am using ThriftyFun as a means of letting everybody know that it can be done and that I have done it.
Whether this program plays to the point I have a new rose bush, is doubtful. I will do my utmost best to see that it does. And if it does, I later, will add a picture of the results to this post. Please wish me good fortune. Thanks.
What a sweet story
Love this idea
What does "medium" mean. Thanks
I love your stories. This one was so beautiful. I want to see your rose bush when she becomes a beautiful teenager.
As you know, the word 'medium' has several meanings. When used in reference to rooting plant material (stems, leaves, etc), it is that substance in which you root the material. It could be soil, water, milled sphagnum and perlite blend, sand, etc. To be more precise, you could say 'rooting medium'.
Thank you, so much. If the leaf does indeed turn into a bush, you shall see a picture of it, here.
Sweet story! I did not know what a fontanelle was. I've just been spending time with my only blood related baby niece. Good to know. :)
I regret having to say this.The rose leaf stayed in there for a good while. It just couldn't continue any longer. It did actually root, so maybe next year i will try more.