MINIATURE ROSE: This is a 10 year old Miniature Rose Bush or should I say pictured here are 2 bushes into one. Years ago when I purchased this. I wasn't expecting this to be 2 different colors pink and red as you see here. A very small beauty here 10 years ago I was only paying for one which what I saw was a red color only. No pink did I see. Now over the years I have had many compliments on these roses. They are growing well together this year. Most of the Spring and Summer is when these are in bloom. I must admit I enjoy this rosebush better than my larger ones. I call it my climbing Miniature Rose. I have it intertwined on my chain link fence. It seems to be bigger and bigger every year. Full of blooms even after no pruning.

Miniture Roses
These little fellows are real roses, just like their bigger relatives. You can expect the same dependable blooming habits, the same show of many colors, and the same versatility in using them in the garden. You can also expect the same care requirements, such as adequate water, control against pests, and a good growing media, reinforced with a well-balanced fertilizer. Follow these few suggestions and you will be enjoying your “minis” for a long time.

Location: Always give these roses a location in the full sun, with a bare minimum of four hours a day. The closer you display them to eye level the more you will be able to enjoy them; so a raised planter would be ideal. Other locations could be; in a rock garden, on a hillside or mound, even in a hanging basket, or as a tubbed plant on a patio. Get them up close so they can be seen and enjoyed to the fullest.

 Watering: Probably the most important aspect of caring for your miniature rose is its constant need for adequate water. Because it has such a fine root system it is necessary to make sure the plant does not have a period of drought. Daily watering is recommended, especially for container plants.

Soil Mixtures: Eventually you will either plant your new rose in the ground, or move it to a large container. A good soil mix is one that will allow those fine roots to continue to grow easily. Moisture retention is very important to remember. Use any commercial planting mix, but supplement it with some peat moss or vermiculite to help on the moisture retention. Be sure your mixture is well dampened before you put the rose into it. Take extra care for about a week until you transplanted rose has adjusted to its new home. Mulching always helps to protect the roots and prevents the soil from drying out too quickly.

Fertilizing: All rose respond better if fertilized frequently. Miniature rose like a feeding of any balanced fertilizer about once every 3 or 4 weeks. A liquid type is usually more useful to the plant immediately, but don’t make the solution too strong. A slow release fertilizer like “Osmocote” is recommended once or twice a year. I like to use 10-10-10.  I do this by digging small holes around base of bush  then watering it every day for at least 4 days.

Pruning: Your rose can be pruned at any time of the year. You actually do this whenever you pick a flower. Don’t allow long branches to develop on their own, but rather, keep the plant shaped as it grows. Remember, that by removing dead flowers as they occur you insure more continuous blooming. When your plant lose its leaves in the winter, do some heavy pruning by removing about 1/3 to 1/2 of the thinner branches, and cut the others back about the same amount. Sharp pruning will ensure good blooms the following year, because this will stimulate new growth, and the rose blooms on this new growth.

Protection: You will find that your miniature rose is very hardy and does not need any winter protection in this area. Do not fret over your rose! Enjoy it! With reasonable care of those things I have mentioned you will soon find that you have a very enjoyable plant, a great conversation piece, and a welcome addition to your garden or home.

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