Roses forum→Help me help this neglected mini rose!

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LadyChilli
Sep 12, 2019 4:48 AM CST
I am in the process of looking after a relative's houseplants, all of which I gave as a gift many moons ago (before I really got into houseplants personally). These plants were quite neglected through no fault of the person who owns them, and I've taken them into my house for some TLC.

I will make a thread for the other one for identification, but I want to talk about the miniature rose which needs some intense TLC. I have repotted it after finding out it was in mushy compost, trimmed away all the dead leaves and branches, and I'm left with this poor little baldie plant. I am not sure what the colours of the leaves mean; does it have an infection, disease, or is it simply lacking proper drainage/not enough sunlight?

Question: Meaning of the blighted leaves
Plant: Minature rose
Potting medium: Repotted into Westland Multi-Purpose Compost with a layer of Westland Orchid Potting Mix at the bottom for drainage (I don't have specialist rose compost on hand)


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Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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RoseBlush1
Sep 12, 2019 6:52 AM CST
@LadyChilli ...

Although you get many hits if you do a Google search how to grow roses indoors, roses are not indoor plants. If you work hard enough at anything, I guess it's possible ... Smiling

The light, the ambient temperatures, air circulation indoors simply do not meet the plant's needs and if the plant does grow, it will be a weak version of the same plant grown outdoors.

In Europe, miniature roses are bred and sold for table decoration and those who purchase the roses expect to throw them away after about a month. If those same plants are moved outside, they often become wonderful garden plants.

I was taught early in my rose life to not even try to grow healthy roses indoors, so I can't tell you anything about your choice of potting medium. I can tell you that you were wise to create good drainage for the rose because good drainage is one of the few absolute "must-do's" when you grow roses in a garden setting.

Maybe others who have actually experimented with growing roses indoors can give you some better information.
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Name: Rosemary
Sacramento, CA (Zone 9b)
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reh0622
Sep 12, 2019 8:10 AM CST
I will eagerly wait for advice from others who have successfully acclimated florist miniature roses to the outdoors. When I was at Trader Joes' this week, I spied a cream colored one that seemed to have a bit of fragrance (might just be my imagination), and decided to buy it. When I mentioned to the cashier that I had recently bought one that had died , she insisted I take the new one free as a replacement! She said the most important thing was to immediately remove all the blooms that were opening up so the buds would open. I think she was talking about deadheading, and since they hadn't completely opened up yet, I haven't done that. Hoping this cute little plant will continue to survive and grow!
Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
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seilMI
Sep 12, 2019 9:04 AM CST
Lady Chilli, your rose is not diseased. It's just unhappy. As RoseBlush said, roses are not house plants. It is very difficult to create the kind of conditions that roses prefer inside your home. It really needs to go outside.

That said, keep it moist but not soggy wet, in the brightest sunlight you can, direct sun is OK, and try to bring the humidity up around it by placing a dish or glass of water beside it. Do not fertilize it until you see new growth and be vigilant in watching out for spider mites.

Rosemary, you can plant your mini out right away if it is not too hot still where you are. Plant just like you would any other rose. It should be fine. You do not need to take off the open blooms or the buds. Some people do to try and force more root growth but they do that early, when the buds are just forming. Your rose has already been forced into bloom for sale at the grocery store and disbudding now would serve little purpose.

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LadyChilli
Sep 12, 2019 10:27 AM CST
seilMI said:Lady Chilli, your rose is not diseased. It's just unhappy. As RoseBlush said, roses are not house plants. It is very difficult to create the kind of conditions that roses prefer inside your home. It really needs to go outside.

That said, keep it moist but not soggy wet, in the brightest sunlight you can, direct sun is OK, and try to bring the humidity up around it by placing a dish or glass of water beside it. Do not fertilize it until you see new growth and be vigilant in watching out for spider mites.


Ahh I see, thank you so much. I'll bring it back to my relative's house when I'm next to visit, and find a good place to put it. Good to know it isn't diseased, just unhappy; the compost was absolutely SOAKING when I got it home, so I'm not surprised it was unhappy. It's in direct sunlight right now as my home gets brilliant sunlight coverage. I'll pop it in my greenhouse for some additional humidity.

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LadyChilli
Oct 6, 2019 4:06 PM CST
I wanted to post a little update on this rose; it is still with me, and lives on top of the fridge to keep it warm and in the direct light of sunlight. The leaves look a LOT healthier to me, what are your opinions?


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Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
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seilMI
Oct 6, 2019 4:30 PM CST
Looking good!
Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Oct 6, 2019 4:50 PM CST
I agree. You seem to be making it happy.
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