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alymaek
Mar 11, 2019 5:16 PM CST
Hello,

I got this Mini rose for Valentine's Day a couple of weeks ago and she was doing great. I water once the soil is dry although after a week and a half I noticed some of the leaves turn yellow I assumed I wasn't giving enough light so I moved the plant and now I've come to think the humidity is too low but I'm not really sure and it's gotten much much worse over the past day. I live in Edmonton Alberta so it's cold and the weather is all over the place. It's -20c outside and about 23c in my apartment the humidity is really low around 20% all the time even with a humidifier. Please help I really want this to live as I love it and I've heard they're picky plants that don't like to live inside.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Mar 11, 2019 6:04 PM CST
The problem with miniature "grocery store" roses is that they were not meant to survive much beyond Valentine's Day. What you have is a pot of rooted cuttings that were grown in a perfect climate inside a greenhouse and forced to bloom out of season. I think they were designed for those of us who can't stand watching a bouquet of cut flowers die - we are lulled into thinking this is the perfect solution - a bouquet of living, blooming roses!

You are right, roses were never meant to be houseplants, even the ones that were grown with the thought they would live beyond the life expectancy of a bouquet. Start by going easy on the water. As soon as possible, put the rose into a bigger pot. The pot should be big enough to give the plants an extra inch of space all the way around. Find your sunniest window (or think about putting a grow light in your desk lamp) and place the pot on a humidity tray (a shallow pan that is wider than the plant, filled with pebbles or marbles and full of water). Put the rose in a saucer so it doesn't sit in water.

Hopefully, you can get them to survive until its warm enough outside. Next winter, store the pot in your coolest room or an unheated garage.
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katesflowers
Mar 11, 2019 6:37 PM CST
How interesting, thank you Daisy ! I'm always learning something.
I did buy a mini rose, and planted it in my cottage garden with an eastern exposure. What a little trooper. It tripled in size and lived through our gosh awful winter right there in the frozen garden. The following summer it bloomed its pink roses like crazy. Resistant to the Japanese beetles, too. Neither the plant, nor I realized it shouldn't have done so well. Looking forward to another summer together.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Mar 11, 2019 6:51 PM CST
If you could plant it out in your garden now, it would be a trooper also. Its the winter indoors that does them in. I buy them from the grocery too and stick them here and there in my garden but, as house plants, they are doomed.
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quercusnut
Mar 11, 2019 11:10 PM CST
I agree with Daisy. Your rose looks pretty good to me. It's normal for it to lose some lower leaves as it grows and readjusts to new growing conditions.
I also bought a tiny one at Walmart. I repotted and have it under regular LED tubes and it's doing great with new flower buds. I plan to plant it outside when conditions are favorable.
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Aphria
Mar 12, 2019 3:04 PM CST
My indoor mini-rose is thriving in my living room since November. It is tightly potted in its original pot on a South facing window sill but it does not like the soil to go dry at all. I did let it go fairly dry once and the lower leaves turned yellow but after watering straight away and then not letting the top of the soil go dry, it's back on form. I'm having to water every few days at the moment...I would repot it if I was going to keep it inside but I'm going to plant it outside in the Summer so I'm just keeping it happy until then.
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seilMI
Mar 12, 2019 7:59 PM CST
Get that tray off the bottom of the pot! Roses need very good drainage and all that tray does is hold water in the roots. If you want to up the humidity around the rose fill the tray with stones and some water in the bottom. Put the pot on top so that the bottom of the pot is not wet. This will raise the humidity around it without keeping the roots wet. Get it in the best sunlight you can give it. Start hardening it off as soon as you can get it outside. In Alberta that may be a while from now.

You probably have several plants in that pot. A lot of people say to separate them to plant but I don't recommend that. I have never had good luck with trying to separate the tiny feeder roots. I usually lose most if not all of them when I try to get them apart. I just plant the whole thing as one unit into the ground.
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katesflowers
Mar 13, 2019 5:44 AM CST
I agree Seil. When temps permit, plant it outside. It will be a happy little plant.
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quercusnut
Mar 23, 2019 10:51 AM CST
Here's the little rose I mentioned before. It's been under LED tubes 24/7 (still too lazy to install timers even though I bought some Rolling my eyes. )
I brought it outside for a little fresh air.
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I don't suppose anyone knows the variety?

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Mustbnuts
Mar 23, 2019 5:21 PM CST
If you got it from a grocery store, many of them carry Poulson roses. You can check their website to see if you can find the roses. It may be a parade or patio variety. However, it could be a different company altogether.

I know I couldn't stand one more second without a rose bloom so I picked up a couple from the grocery store. I believe I got a Poulson Parade rose, Cajsa, and something without a picture yet. Here is a link. Warning their web page is not the best and is very slow to load. http://www.poulsenroser.com/as...
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seilMI
Mar 23, 2019 5:55 PM CST
Another brand of these grocery store minis is Kordana by Kordes roses. Here's a link
https://www.rosen.de/distribut...
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katesflowers
Mar 24, 2019 4:38 PM CST
Love that color !
I checked my three-year-old mini that's been outside for 3 winters. It is still alive.
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