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This page was most recently updated on 3/20/2013
Frequently Asked Questions
GROWING:

Can I grow roses indoors? 
  • This is not a good idea.  Roses need good sunlight, high moisture and good air circulation.

Do I need to do anything different to grow miniature roses? 
  • Miniature roses are just like the big boy roses in all aspects but size.  The only thing to watch for is cutting back on the amount of fertilizer and water you give each bush.

Are there any advantages to growing roses in pots versus in the ground? 
  • There’s nothing like a moveable rose.  It’s blooming nicely, it gets moved to a place of honor.  It is showing disease, it can be moved away from other plants.  Be sure the pot is large enough and then some.  Use a light planting medium, water and feed more often, and repot the rose every few years, trimming back the roots and giving it fresh soil.

When is the best time to transplant a rose bush? 
  • In our Zone 5 area, October is the best.  The rose is starting to wind down and yet it still has time to establish its new roots before the hard freezes.  Be sure to hydrate the bush well over the course of the week before you move it and cut the bush back to one-third of its size before transplanting.  Mound the bush with soil and let it rest until spring.

How do I take cuttings to propagate an old rose?
1. Cut a healthy stem that has just completed flowering. Take a 6- to 8-inch length of the stem that has at least three sets of leaves or leaf buds present.
2. Remove the spent flower from the cutting. Strip the leaves from the bottom one-half of the stem, then re-cut the stem at a 45-degree angle, taking care not to crush it.
3. Fill a 6- to 8-inch diameter pot with a sterile potting soil. Use a pot that has at least one drainage hole in the bottom.
4. Coat the cut end of the rose stem in a rooting hormone. The hormone encourages the cutting to send out new roots and resume growth.
5. Push the cut end of the stem into the soil. Bury approximately half the stem so that two to four of the leaf buds are beneath the soil surface.
6. Water the soil until the excess drains from the bottom of the pot. Set the pot in a clear plastic bag and close the bag, which helps retain moisture during rooting.
7. Set the pot in an area that receives all-day, bright, indirect sunlight. Open the bag and water the soil if it begins to dry.
8. Remove the bag when you see new growth appearing. Transplant to their permanent location.

How do I to keep my roses healthy through the growing season? 
  • First, you need to learn about what affects roses.  Learn the conditions that promote diseases; that encourage spikes in insect activity.  Then learn your level of tolerance.  When is it too much for you?  When does it get out of control?
  • Next, learn what is on the market to control the insects or diminish the disease.  Many companies are now combining the range of things formulated in their products.  These kill insects AND fight disease.
  • Do you need to spray for both insects and disease if only one is evident?  In your gardening estimation is this good use of resources or an adverse effect on the environment
  • Then learn how to properly use the product:  when to spray, how much to use, how often it should be used, how to beat the disease by alternating products; what personal protection should be used.  The best way to do this is to talk to other rose growers.
  • First, GET EDUCATED.