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The Beautiful Hudson Valley (Zone 6a)
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narnia
Jan 2, 2021 6:23 AM CST
My local supermarket (zone 6a) has mini roses on sale. I would love to buy some to plant in my garden this spring. I can't bring them into the house. Is there any way to preserve them in my basement or garage until I can put them into the ground?
Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
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seilMI
Jan 2, 2021 3:10 PM CST
You might want to wait a while before purchasing them. Roses hate being indoors. The longer you have to keep them inside the more chances they'll die. The stores carry these minis year round now so wait until March to buy them.

Some info on what you're buying. These are just tiny newly rooted cuttings that are forced into bloom to be sold as florist roses. They are not really expected to last. They bloom and when they are done you just toss them. However, they are rose plants and if properly cared for can be grown in the garden. In the pot you will find anywhere from 3 to 5 rotted cuttings. They do that to fill up the pot and make it look attractive to purchase. Each cuttings is a separate plant. It is possible to separate them but it is VERY difficult to do so without injuring the roots. I generally don't try anymore because I've lost so many. I just replant them all together as one plant. I would just repot them into a slightly larger pot and keep doing that until they get to a large enough size to plant in the ground. In your cold zone I would plant them a little deeper in the soil to protect the root ball as much as possible for winter. They are own root but you still need to protect those roots.

If you do decide to buy them now I would suggest you acclimate them in steps. Bring them home and let them finish blooming. Then put them in the cooler basement under some light. In a few weeks take them out to the garage and let them go dormant until spring. BUT you MUST keep them watered ALL winter no matter where they are. In the house check them daily for moisture. You want them damp, not soggy wet. Water when you can stick your finger in the soil about one inch and it feels dry. In the basement water a little once every week or two. In the garage, when they go dormant, water them once a month until spring. You can start putting them outside during the day when the forsythia starts blooming. If the night time temps are still dipping below freezing bring them back in at night. Once the night time temps are reliably staying above freezing they can be left outside in full sun permanently. When your soil is thawed and digable you can plant them out. They will still be very tiny so mark them very well if you plant them straight into the ground with out growing them up in pots. I lost some because once in the ground they were too small to see and I stepped on them or lost them in the garden.
The Beautiful Hudson Valley (Zone 6a)
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narnia
Jan 3, 2021 6:29 AM CST
Thank you so much for all the info seilMI! I bought several miniature rose plants last year and had great success with them, both in the ground and in pots. I have awful clay soil so I'm always happy when I find a plant that can thrive in my garden. I planted different color minis around my big rose shrub and they looked so pretty. The potted minis are in my garage and still look healthy. Thanks for the tips on spring care. I wanted to buy some for my patio, but I guess it's best to wait to purchase them. It's hard to resist buying them now, I can't wait until spring!
Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
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seilMI
Jan 3, 2021 12:59 PM CST
If you cant resist, and I know how hard it is,lol, just buy one to enjoy in the house and don't worry if it doesn't make it until spring.
The Beautiful Hudson Valley (Zone 6a)
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narnia
Jan 3, 2021 2:06 PM CST
I have plant-eating cats, and I surely don't want them to eat a plant with thorns! I have to keep my two loves separate, the cats are for indoors and the plants are for outdoors!
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jan 3, 2021 5:50 PM CST
Or buy them now and acclimate them to the cold and put them someplace outside (or in the garage or shed) that's protected from most of the weather. They should be dormant now anyway. Keep them damp.
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Name: Audrey
NY (Zone 6a)
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Rosykittycat
Jan 24, 2021 3:00 PM CST
narnia said:Thank you so much for all the info seilMI! I bought several miniature rose plants last year and had great success with them, both in the ground and in pots. I have awful clay soil so I'm always happy when I find a plant that can thrive in my garden. I planted different color minis around my big rose shrub and they looked so pretty. The potted minis are in my garage and still look healthy. Thanks for the tips on spring care. I wanted to buy some for my patio, but I guess it's best to wait to purchase them. It's hard to resist buying them now, I can't wait until spring!


Hi, Narnia ,
Where are you located? I am zone 6A, too, Geneva, NY. I hope to grow mini roses, here. It has been difficult for them to make it through winter. I am trying lots of nurturing this winter to keep them alive.

I would try a sun lamp inside home if you wanted it to grow in winter. But you say you can't have them in house?

I hope your minis work well as I see some good advise on this thread. Love to hear how they grow?

Kitty

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