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Name: Daniel
Los Angeles (Zone 10b)
Nov 13, 2020 5:47 PM CST
Big thanks to Siel and Arturo for helping me on this journey (:

I think my soil medium was once again just a huge issue despite my amendments and such

This just taught me the importance of using the proper medium (:
SW Ohio River Valley (Zone 6b)
Nov 13, 2020 6:32 PM CST
Are you sure they rotted? The upper leaves look fine. They need to acclimate and every time they get moved and removed from the soil they undergo trauma. What potting soil are you using?
Name: Porkpal
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Nov 13, 2020 6:47 PM CST
I am not convinced they are rotted either.
Name: Daniel
Los Angeles (Zone 10b)
Nov 13, 2020 8:19 PM CST
They were in amended garden soil but the amendment was a lot of leaves which made the soil retain water but helped with drainage I knew the soil would potentially be problematic but it's all I had available

The roots of like 4 of them were pretty blackened and I know that's never a good sign and some of the root even fell off for some

Except for 2 of them they had some white roots still (:
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Name: Daniel
Los Angeles (Zone 10b)
Nov 14, 2020 3:23 AM CST

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I decided to just to see what would happen if they were planted, while i'm not going to be extremely hopeful especially after today

I want to see if there's any chance at all they'll live

I repotted them with proper potting soil (:

Nov 14, 2020 6:05 AM CST
Hi Daniel,

I've only ever grown the mini-roses from the grocery store -- not other roses -- but I hope I can give you a lot of good news. I'm in Zone 8a, in SC, so not sure how that will compare to your part of CA.

I'm a lazy gardener, so I do not pamper them or do special soil or anything. I do try to separate them almost immediately, just with my fingers, and start them out just in planters with other plants. Normal water, no fertilizer (I'm LAZY), no chemicals. They have almost all lasted the summer this way (I'm usually getting them either for Valentine's Day or around Mothers Day), and then I put them in the garden in the fall and water them once. That's it.

I have heard that these are not meant to live long if they are in the pots they come in -- they are throw-aways -- but I have had mine in the ground with no coddling whatsoever for 8-10 years, and I add new ones all the time.

They do get mold regularly and drop their leaves -- maybe once a season? -- and I cut them back, don't treat them with anything, and they come back eventually. They go through that cycle regularly. I don't stress about it anymore. Their performance varies based on the weather, but I rarely lose one completely.

There are usually three in a container, but sometimes as many as five! I love these little guys, and I would say not to baby them. Pull apart, get them used to a planter so they can grow roots, transplant to the garden, and forget about them. They will surprise you, I think.
Name: Daniel
Los Angeles (Zone 10b)
Nov 14, 2020 2:15 PM CST

Thank you for the solid advice (:

Yeah i'm more of a person who babies lol! I think it's just cause I don't have a lot of experience

I need to learn to just let things be (good life lesson too)

Thank you! It's nice to hear from someone who has done it before

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