Spring is almost officially here, but in my neck of the woods, everything is coming to life outside! The trees are budding, the grass is growing, and my roses are starting to come to life too!
Roses are one of my favorite plants to grow and they have the prettiest blooms. The very first thing I did in my house was plant four roses bushes. Two climbing roses in the backyard complete with DIY trellis, and also two hybrid tea roses in the front. Sadly, one of the hybrid tea roses died last spring when we had a month of flooding. All the others are thriving at two years old and doing well.
One thing I wanted to add next to my array of potted flowers, was some mini roses. They are so cute and cheerful!
Patio gardening, or container gardening, is still my favorite type of flower garden to have. I love how I can control the weather they receive, the sunlight, the wind, etc. In Texas, this is a huge deal because not all flowers do well in a harsh climate.
I am a really big advocate that anyone can enjoy a garden, even if you live in an apartment, you can still have a little flower garden of your own. I had one for seven years until we moved into our house two years ago!
Last spring I did an easy tip series for my favorite potted plants including how to pot them the right way!
I also shared some important tips for my fellow rose growers. Now, I am here to share with you the easiest tips and planting guide for mini roses.
After reading this, I hope you will go out and buy one! They are really easy to grow and fairly hardy too!
Disclaimer:: These are my personal tips that I have used and know work. Many gardening tips depend on your climate and the time of year. These are general guides to help anyone enjoy beautiful flowers! My plant knowledge comes from being a chemist & taking horticulture in college. Let me know if you have any questions!
Complete guide on how to pot a mini rose bush! (up next, mini rose care)
One. First, make sure to use a pot that is at least double the size of the one you bought it in. This will allow the roots to really take off and prevent rot (roses do NOT do well with wet roots).
Two. Add some airy, drainage options to the pot. I always go with a biodegradable mixture of wood chips and/or pebbles or rocks. I try to keep the first 3 inches like this to really allow for good drainage.
Add a couple of inches (or more depending on your pot size) of rich, potting soil. You can definitely buy some at the store, or you can create your own if you have soil. I use a mixture of store bought soil and my own mixture of soil. I add ash, egg shells and other nutrients to create my own (more on that later). Store bought it just fine though!
Three. Now place your mini rose bush on the soil and make sure that the top of the plant is down far enough to add soil all around it. At this point, I like to dampen the soil that is in the pot to get rid of any air bubbles.
Four. Add potting soil all around the bush until there is a thin layer over the top of the rose bush roots.
Five. Water and feeding the rose are the last step. You can to water the soil well, until it is wet, but not completely drenched (soggy roots on a rose will kill it fairly quick!). I use rose feeding granules to add to the top of the soil. These will continue to feed the soil for many weeks and it is harder to over fertilize with this method.
If you decide to use liquid feeder, just make sure not to over fertilize. It will scorch the plant! (there are some pretty intense chemicals in fertilizer, so you never want to overdo it!).
Now, make sure you place the pot in a good place that gets some great sunlight. Once summer comes, definitely makes sure it also has afternoon shade.
The next step in this series will be how you need to continue to care for it. Come back next week for my easy tips on potted mini roses! Follow on snapchat:: alexisroch.