This seems like a real friendly NG. I've only been reading for a couple days,
and I know it's recommended to read longer than that before posting, but
I have a question that I don't think can wait! The other day at our grocery
store I fell in love with a couple miniature roses in the plant section and let
my impulsive nature take over. I now have two tiny pots and I have no idea
how to take care of roses! Never had them before.
I'm following the directions on the little tags, keeping them in a southern
window and keeping the soil moist at all times, but I'm not sure what else to
do. Should I cut off the flower heads when they start to fade? Also, each pots
seems to have 4 different plants in it. In fact, one of the plants in the "pink"
pot is a different color than the rest. I thought if I could get the plants a little
bushier, I could separate them out and have 8 roses instead of 2. But I don't
want to cut off all the lovely buds that haven't bloomed yet. Any advice
would be welcome.
Oh yes, the tags say they were grown in Canada (my mom thinks they're from
her birthplace - what a coincidence!) and are hardy in many areas in Canada.
I don't really want to plant them outdoors, however, since we don't have a
good southern bed that I can see from my window - I want to enjoy these as
much as possible!
My other question is with regard to hedge roses - I would really love to get
some to plant around our eyesore of a gas tank, but my hubby refuses to get
anything with thorns, since he would have to mow around them. Are there
hedge roses that don't have thorns? I've heard of thornless roses, but I always
thought they were the greenhouse, fragile, used for cut flowers variety.
Anyone know any different?
Thanks for putting up with my long, rambling post! And TIA for any advice!
Possibly another rose convert... ;->
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