mini roses - Knowledgebase Question

Milford, Co
Question by lovemygarden1
January 29, 2011
my sister bought me 2 mini roses and they are starting to die, but I water them. I don't really have too much sun because of all the snow. What do I do? Could the pots be too small? Please help.


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Answer from NGA
January 29, 2011

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If you're growing your roses indoors, dry, heated air may be the problem. Roses normally go dormant in the wintertime but indoors they tend to grow without the winter rest period. This can affect the stems and leaves and the plant's overall health. With the proper lighting conditions and temperatures you can keep your roses a little healthier during the winter months while they are indoors. Gro-lites or fluorescent lights for supplemental light might be a good idea for your roses to help them regain their health. You might also try misting them once or twice a day to increase humidity around the plants. I think I'd cut them back to remove the drying up leaves and stems. Pruning will encourage new growth and the new growth should be healthier than the current growth. After pruning feed lightly with a half strength dilution of a liquid houseplant fertilizer. Then set your plants under artificial light. You should see an improvement in their overall appearance within the next 30 days. This spring when the weather warms up you can take your mini roses outdoors. Give them a few hours of morning sunlgiht and they should bloom for you. Best wishes with your roses.

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