Roses forum: My name is Kim...and I'm a mini rose killer :P

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Name: Kim
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klc
Jul 1, 2015 7:30 AM CST
OK with that said... I LOVE mini roses.... just can't keep them alive. Crying They do good for a month or so and then the tips start drying and down they go.

I was at my local grocery store and they had mini roses left over from Mother's Day marked down from $15.00 to $5.00... couldn't resist so this is what I got...

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I've always loved these little striped roses so I'm going to try again... wish me luck!! Whistling

I hate losing plants....I know they are "just plants" but when you nurse them along and baby them and get them to grow, bloom, and be pretty and they die....it's like losing a friend..... Crying
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Calsurf73
Jul 1, 2015 9:18 AM CST
I gave up on those years ago !
They'd barely last a month and then they were toast.
Name: Lyn
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RoseBlush1
Jul 1, 2015 12:00 PM CST
Looks like you are trying to keep them indoors. Roses are not indoor plants.

If you like them, I'd re-pot them into good potting soil with good drainage, put them outside in semi-shade to harden them off and gradually move them to a site where they will get more light. The general rule of thumb is to provide a site where they will get at least six hours of sunlight.

After re-potting, just keep them moist, not wet, and feed them once they start showing new top growth.

When you buy a plant in a grocery store, it's totally stressed because it hasn't gotten what it needs to thrive for a long time. A friend of mine who ran a miniature rose nursery used to say those roses were already half dead before you bought them.

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Name: Kim
Beaver Falls, PA (Zone 6a)
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klc
Jul 1, 2015 12:55 PM CST
TY for the tips Lyn... I just got it late last night so I haven't had a chance to give it any TLC. Going to repot it and put it outside on my porch for a little while then move it to a better area.

I know it's not the best environment to get roses from but it was a weak moment!!! *Blush*
I hate losing plants....I know they are "just plants" but when you nurse them along and baby them and get them to grow, bloom, and be pretty and they die....it's like losing a friend..... Crying
Name: Lyn
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RoseBlush1
Jul 1, 2015 1:28 PM CST
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Name: Toni
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Skiekitty
Jul 1, 2015 8:00 PM CST
Kim - Just plant it outside. I'm going to say probably 80% of the mini roses I've bought at the grocery store or Walmart or other bigbox places survive nicely once I put them in the ground and they're happier that way.
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CindiKS
Jul 1, 2015 8:08 PM CST
Hello Kim,
Take a close look in that pot-you may have 4 or 5 little plants, not one.
Pull them apart and give each plant a gallon size pot. If you have just one plant (can't tell from the photo), then that's a good size plant for grocery store mini!
I let mine grow outside in the gallon pots for a few months, then I plant them in the ground and they do just fine.
A few years ago, Trader Joes had minis 3/$10, so I bought 3 and ended up with 12 plants. I made a mini hedgerow! That one was a bright red and white stripe, possibly 'Charlie Brown'. This spring, I bought the same one you have pictured, a dark ruby and white. It's still growing in my kitchen window, but it will go outside soon. Does anyone know the name of that one?
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Name: Andi
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GardenQuilts
Jul 10, 2015 5:33 PM CST
Don't give up on the mini roses! They perform better outdoors. I am in the same zone. Some grocery store minis have died quickly for me, but most do well. The red and white striped one survived its first winter here. The most problematic ones for me were the peach and the white ones. I wish they would label the minis by name, but then they would probably have to raise the price. The local grocery store typically has a selection near the entrance. Prices fluctuate from $1.99 - $3.99.

I followed Lyn's excellent advise on mini and other roses as I moved into a new garden this year. Concentrate on growing healthy roots.

Follow Toni's advice and separate the 3-5 roses in the original tiny store pot when planting them in a larger pot with good soil. The roses are root bound in the little store pots. I added Bayer systemic 3 in one granules to the soil. Mini roses can be susceptible to blackspot in humid climates.

In winter, cover them with peat moss held in place with mulch or leaves once the ground has frozen. Don't worry about snow cover. Roses like the extra protection. As spring arrives, gradually remove the covering. Feed and water them like regular roses.
Name: Kim
Beaver Falls, PA (Zone 6a)
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klc
Jul 10, 2015 10:56 PM CST
TY Andi!! Nice to hear from a neighbor!! Smiling
I hate losing plants....I know they are "just plants" but when you nurse them along and baby them and get them to grow, bloom, and be pretty and they die....it's like losing a friend..... Crying
Name: Andi
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GardenQuilts
Jul 14, 2015 6:56 AM CST
Howdy neighbor! We are kind of crazy growing roses here...but we can!

My mini roses are loving the rain this year! they are such happy little plants, they always make me smile.
Name: Andi
Pocono Mountains, PA (Zone 6a)
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GardenQuilts
Jul 14, 2015 1:43 PM CST
Kim, guess what - mini roses in 4" pots are $1.99 at Shop Rite with your price plus card this week. Hard to beat mini roses at $ 0.50 per plant for a pot with 4 roses. I'll be checking for any colors I don't already have growing. My favorite, the red and white striped mini is getting ready to bloom again!

I think you can divide and plant them in the garden as long as you water them on hot, sunny days. If they are suffering from the heat, put a tall potted plant near them to block the sun. Don't be discouraged if they drop leaves after you replant them. That is transplant shock. They will recover from that. If they die back, cut them off at ground level. They make come back, they may not. If they bend over like they are doing a back bend, they will probably die. That is some kind of freaky rose disease I don't know the name of. That is what the white ones I bought did.

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