Mini Rose

RoseLight: Bright

Temperature: 55-75ºF

Moisture: Moderate moisture

Comments: Mini Rose’s should last 7 to 14 days
Repot in larger container after plant has completed its blooming period.  Fertilize once every 3 to 4 weeks.

Background / History:  Roses have a very long and distinctive history.  Fossil evidence has been found showing roses to date back 35 million years ago.  It is believed that cultivating roses began as much as 5,000 years ago.  Roses have been symbols of love, beauty, war, politics, and even as a legal tender during the 17th century.  Today Roses are still held in very high esteem.   In 1986, it was named the floral emblem of the United States.  It is the provincial flower of Alberta in Canada.  It is the state flower for 4 U.S. states.  Portland, Oregon is referred to the “City of Rose”.  Pasadena California holds the annual Tournament of Roses and the Kentucky Derby is also known as the “The Run for the Roses” where a blanket of roses is draped over the winner.  In addition roses are used as an ornamental plant in gardens, commercial perfumery, commercial cut flower crops, and in potted plants.  Most roses used in potted plants today, are miniature roses.  A rose is a woody perennial of the genus Rosa, within the family Rosaceae.   There are over 100 species of roses.  

Description:  The leaves of the rose plant are borne alternately on the stem.  The flower of most rose species will have five petals.  There are some exceptions to this rule.  The sharp objects along a rose stem are commonly known as “thorns”.  Technically they are prickles.  Prickles are outgrowths of the epidermis.  True thorns are modified stems.  Either way they can still hurt, if you are not careful. 

Benefits:  The image of the rose plays a big part in the prestige of giving this plant.  The flower is traditionally a sign of beauty and love that lends itself nicely to gift giving.  When care for correctly the blooms will last up to 4 weeks.  Since this is a potted plant it can be re-planted into a larger pot, or outdoors for extended enjoyment.  Smaller does not mean less attractive, the colors will still dazzle, the scale of the flower and leaves are in perfect proportion for its container.   

Growing Conditions:

Light:  Roses are a high light plant.  They love direct sunlight.

Water:  Water is critical for roses.  You may need to water roses every other day.  Environmental factors also play a roll.  For example, the higher the temperature the more often you may need to water.  Simply check the soil with your finger to determine if the plant needs water or not.  If it is dry, water.   If it is moist, do not water.  Do not let the plant sit in water for prolong time periods. 

Temperature:   Roses are typically very hardy and can handle cool temperature very well.  Normally, the cooler the temperature the longer the flowers will last. 

Fertilize: The smaller the rose plant the more often you will need to fertilize it.   But also the smaller the plant, the smaller the root ball, therefore you should use a quarter to a third of the recommended amount of fertilizer.  Fertilize every 7 days.

Re-potting:   It is time to re-pot your rose plant when you see the roots coming out of the bottom of the grow pot.  Do not re-pot your rose plant if it weak, sick, dormant, or beginning to flower.  You can even re-pot your rose plant outside.  Find a well lit spot with good drainage.  Continue to fertilizer your plant.  Depending upon the lighting you should see new flowers in 8 to 12 weeks.

GENERAL CARE

Micky’s minis continues to offer more plants with our unique soilless growth medium. This medium is specially designed to enhance the quality and shelflife of our miniature plants. Shipping with our soil us medium also eliminates loose dirt in the box from rough shipping conditions

By avoiding the normal causes that are detrimental to plants (i.e. excessive hot or cold temperatures, drafts, etc.) your customer should find much enjoyment from their Miniature Potted Plants. Remember, it is very easy to over water miniature potted plants. Therefore it is best to set them in  a pan of lukewarm water for about 10 to 20 minutes.  Then let the plant drain for 5 minutes before placing it back in its favorite spot. Most minis will require watering every 2 or 3 days depending on how hot and dry it is.

If your mini is grown in the foam medium, never let the foam go completely dry.  If it becomes hard, place the miniature plant in a pan of warm water for 30 to 60 minutes or until it starts to rehydrate.  Depending on how long the foam has been dry will determine if the plant can come back.

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