If you received a Valentine’s Day potted miniature rose, you can grow it inside until you can safely place it outside after the danger of frost, usually Mother’s Day mid-May in USDA Hardiness Zone 5b.
- Growers place several plants together in the smallest pots possible. When you get one, find a pot that is the next size, preferably at least longer than the pot the miniature rose came in. Miniature rose roots need room to grow. Before planting, add broken pots or about an inch of broken shards at the bottom to help with drainage.
- After adding about an inch of new potting soil, I also add a banana peel and crushed dry eggshells. Then fill the pot up half full. Spray the soil with water.
- Add the miniature rose, then fill around it with potting soil. Press soil gently to pack it around the roots. Spray lightly again.
- Cut off all flowers and buds so the plant’s energy goes into settling into their new pot.
- Add a saucer under the pot and place it in a sunny southern or western window.
- Keep the miniature rose on the drier side. Before spraying with water in a spray bottle, slip a finger into the soil to test soil moisture.
- Use one-fourth of the recommended soluble fertilizer when you water with the spray bottle. Foliar feeding will help get nutrients into the plant, but make sure to dry if the leaves remain wet after about 10 minutes. Wet leaves can encourage pests and diseases.
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