gardenfish said:As far as I know, no mini roses are bred to be houseplants. Yes, they are sold as such in grocery stores, but they are very much happier to be grown outside. I would move it outside, and keep it isolated from other plants until you are sure it has no more mites. Spider mites aren't usually found in the house; your plant may have had them when you purchased it, or if you have had it outside recently, got them from another outside plant. Mini roses can be grown inside but require special conditions to flourish and grow lights set up for them. I saw a description of one Gardeners growing instructions for mini roses indoors, it was so complicated one has to wonder why anyone would bother when they do so well planted in the outside garden.
gardenfish said:It's great that the Rose is doing good inside, so many don't do well. Have you tried Neem oil?I would say to apply as directed. The sun you have is great. The biggest problem with these for inside is lack of sufficient light.
DaisyI said:How long have you had your Rose? Did you force it to go dormant? Roses need dormancy, even inside roses.
Growmore said:Hello Gchum and welcome to the forum. I have always used methylated spirit to get rid of red spider mite, mealy bug and wooly aphid. Simply apply direct using a cotton bud.
DaisyI said:Rubbing alcohol will do the same and is probably easier to find.
DaisyI said:Ummmm.... Good luck buying that. Rubbing alcohol is essentially the same thing. We don't usually recommend alcohol to kill spider mites as they are easily controlled by washing the plant in soapy water.
Two months... That's about the right timing for your Rose to decide indoor life is not for it. I'm sure it was forced (as you bought it blooming when it should have been dormant), that takes a toll on vitality also. I'm impressed you kept it happy for this long.
The discoloration on the leaves of your rose is a direct result of indoor life. Time to move it out to the deck..
It's very healthy and happy - hence all the new blooms and growths.
Calif_Sue said: A rose expect also answered you in the previous thread (Daisy linked it above) you posted regarding this same rose.
East windows are often good for plants that need moderate sunlight or morning sunlight only. Supplemental indoor light is not enough, roses need full sun. Your blooms and growth in the two months you had it were from the care it got prior to your purchase, as Daisy mentioned.
Actually it's not very happy or healthy, hence, the spider mites. Also, those potted roses do not require supplemental fertilizer, they have all they need in the potting soil they came in, in fact, fertilizing an ailing plant can be a detriment.
porkpal said:Congratulations on your rose. It is difficult to keep an indoor plant as happy as yours seems to be. Let us know how it progresses - pictures when it blooms would be great.