Roses forum: Indoor Rose: Clueless Beginner

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Brooklyn, NY
mekhak
Nov 13, 2019 6:57 PM CST
Hello Gardeners,

Short version: I need help with my indoor rose. More details to follow. All feedback is appreciated.

As a valentine's day gift, I bought my girlfriend a rose via home depot. It arrived in a box with bare roots wrapped in plastic. I potted it in a ceramic pot with some soil the florist recommended (I think MiracleGro?). Since February, it has flowered twice. We live in Brooklyn, NY. We have the rose on a windowsill. We water it every several days. We have not added anything to the soil since buying it in February. We have cut the stem that grew the most recent flower at the base of the bud at a 45 degree angle, the highest of the stems. The item name when ordered was Oklahoma Hybrid Tea Rose, Red color Flower. I have included a picture with this post. Like I said above, any and all feedback is appreciated. Thank you!

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Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Nov 13, 2019 7:05 PM CST
Congratulations, it is very difficult to grow roses inside, and your rose looks quite healthy. I really have no advice except to warn you not to leave water in the saucer; roses don't like to be soggy.
Porkpal
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DaisyI
Nov 13, 2019 7:16 PM CST
Welcome!

Keep the soil damp, not wet. Sometime in January, prune your rose back to 3 leaf nodes on each branch. Pull off any leaves that remain. This will force your rose into dormancy - roses need a winter rest period. When the rose starts to leaf out again, fertilize with 1/2 strength fertilizer. Roses bloom on new wood. By pruning it back, you will encourage new growth and more flowers.
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Brooklyn, NY
mekhak
Nov 13, 2019 7:25 PM CST
Thank you for the quick replies! So to make sure I understand, I would cut at the line I created in the picture below yes? Cut after the third sprout of leaves on each branch.

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Next, how do I make 1/2 strength fertilizer? Do I cut it with something, and if so, with what? What do you recommend in terms of fertilizer? Thank you again for your responses!
Name: Donald
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needrain
Nov 13, 2019 8:40 PM CST
mekhak said:Thank you for the quick replies! So to make sure I understand, I would cut at the line I created in the picture below yes? Cut after the third sprout of leaves on each branch.

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Next, how do I make 1/2 strength fertilizer? Do I cut it with something, and if so, with what? What do you recommend in terms of fertilizer? Thank you again for your responses!

There are usually directions on the container of fertilizer. E.g., if those directions say 1 tsp per gal/water, then half strength would reduce the fertilizer by half to the same quantity of water. So 1/2 tsp water per gal/water would be half strength. Container plants usually need a weaker solution than garden plants.
Donald
Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Nov 13, 2019 10:55 PM CST
I agree with Donald.

Pruning: I was thinking down to about 4 or 5 inches.
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Zone 9, Sunset Zone 9 (Zone 9b)
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Mustbnuts
Nov 14, 2019 6:47 AM CST
Is there anyway this rose can be grown outside? Oklahoma hybrid tea roses get very big (4 to 8 feet tall and 4 feet wide) and are bred to be outside or at least in a much bigger pot (I would say 24 inches in diameter) than the pot you currently have it in. It would probably need to be in a protected area (especially in a pot) since your winters are much more brutal than what I experience where I live.
Brooklyn, NY
mekhak
Nov 14, 2019 6:49 AM CST
Mustbnuts said:Is there anyway this rose can be grown outside? Oklahoma hybrid tea roses get very big (4 to 8 feet tall and 4 feet wide) and are bred to be outside or at least in a much bigger pot (I would say 24 inches in diameter) than the pot you currently have it in. It would probably need to be in a protected area (especially in a pot) since your winters are much more brutal than what I experience where I live.


Alright, so perhaps repotting in a larger pot in a corner of the room that still gets sunlight? If so, what soil would you recommend? Thank you!
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Aerith
Nov 14, 2019 8:21 PM CST
I'm with Mustbnuts. It would be better to repot Oklahoma to a larger container. And, if you're going to trick your indoor rose into dormancy, when you repot, avoid any potting soil that contains slow-released fertilizer. (They usually show N-K-P numbers on the bag). You don't want to stimulate it to grow now. My two cents.
Brooklyn, NY
mekhak
Dec 13, 2019 2:05 PM CST
Hi all, Thank you for your incredible advice. When I got to putting it in action, I came up with a few more questions:

1. Should I repot in a larger container and put it into dormancy at the same time, or repot after dormancy?
2. What is a good N-K-P number for soil used during dormancy?

Thank you again!
Zone 9, Sunset Zone 9 (Zone 9b)
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Mustbnuts
Dec 13, 2019 2:38 PM CST
I would not use soil that one uses outside for plants/lawn. Just find a good potting soil (preferably organic). You want something nice and loose.
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Dec 13, 2019 4:27 PM CST
I would wait until spring to repot, and it won't need any fertilizer during dormancy. It sounds like you are doing a great job of raising an indoor rose.
Porkpal
Brooklyn, NY
mekhak
Jan 31, 2020 8:17 PM CST
Hey all, just a quick update

I know y'all told me to put this rose into dormancy, but...it's kinda never looked better. Let me know what y'all think. Again I'm in NYC. Thanks


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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Charter ATP Member Dog Lover Cat Lover Keeper of Poultry Keeps Horses I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Plant Identifier Raises cows Roses Farmer Celebrating Gardening: 2015
porkpal
Jan 31, 2020 8:43 PM CST
I think it looks amazing! Good work.
Porkpal

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