The Q&A Archives: Miniature Roses In Utah

Question: I purchased a miniture rose plant towards the end of October. The plant is in a pot appr. 3" tall. And the plant is appr. 5" tall and 8" across. I live in an apt, but would like to plant it outside my patio. When I purchased it there were a few flowers on it, then they all died off soon after I brought the plant home. I have been watering it and putting it outside during the day and new leaf growth has appeared but no buds. I would like to know what to do with it now that winter is approaching. I believe it is outgrowing its pot, but I don't know whether to repot it or put it in the ground.

Answer: It's a bit late to plant your rose outdoors in November. It won't have time to develop a root system before frost hits. Wait until next spring to plant it outside. You can repot your rose in a slightly larger container. Use a good quality potting soil and start using a rose fertilizer. Keep soil consistently moist and water slowly so that water drains out the bottom of the pot. This leaches salts from the water and fertilizer below the root zone and helps prevent leaf burn. Put the rose in bright light, morning sun, or filtered sun in the afternoon. Roses often "rest" after a bloom period, so your rose will put on more flowers with fresh soil and fertilizer and after it acclimates to a new environment. Good luck!

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