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Growing Miniature Store Bought Roses

Store bought roses sometimes come with a decorative plastic sleeve, and always there are 4 or 5 roses in the pot. The first thing I do is remove the sleeve if one is present, then remove and discard ALL yellowed, spotted,or dead leaves from around the bottom of the pot, and any that have fallen on the soil. Next, have pots ready, and (CAREFULLY) separate the plants from one another. This will require gently loosening the root ball, and just as gently, pulling them apart. The idea is to keep as many of the roots as possible intact, and keep them from drying out as well. Repot each rose in it's own pot,placing a chopped banana peel under each one. Water and when the flowers fade, cut the plant back by 1/4. (If it's within planting season for your area, the roses can be planted dirrectly into the garden.) Water the soil only. (Do not water the leaves, or allow water to splash onto the plant.) Allow air circulation, do not overcrowd the plants. Mulch with organic material, and keep yellow or dead leaves picked up and off the plants, as they can spread disease. Fertelize with rose food, following pakage dirrections. I've grown mini roses for many years, and had sucess with them, and flowers all season long, when careing for them in this manner.

Coralie, WA, entered 2007-07-24

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