Miniature BeautyWednesday, August 26, 2009
The rose shrub grows quickly! VueJardin, you are right about the rose plant.
When I bought this miniature rose, the nursery owner gave me a few tips on how to keep the plant healthy all the time.
Firstly, ensure that the plant is watered thoroughly daily. And, forget about the myth of watering in the afternoon because it would not kill the plant. Give the plant some water when the sun is scorching hot in the afternoon.
So I did. If not, the buds or even flowers can be easily burnt in the tropical climate here. It is ironic that the plant requires lots of sunshine yet can be burnt easily if not watered enough. It is a plant that requires some attention ;-)
Also, in my garden, this plant cannot be placed at a spot that receives lots of afternoon sun as the leaves will turn black and drop off. It must be placed at a spot with lots of morning sun and a little afternoon sun.
Secondly, deadhead spent flowers by cutting one node down. This will help the plant to grow more foliages and bloom later.
Lastly, always fertilise the plant. I have been feeding the plant with the fertiliser that the nursery produced themselves - one teaspoon per week. It is an organic fertiliser (whenever I feed the plant, I could not breath as it stinks!). If you are on a shoestring budget, you will find it hard to keep the rose plant going :-)
Nonetheless, this miniature rose plant can have five flowers all blooming at the same time! It is such a beautiful plant to have in a garden. The flowers look pretty at every stage, from flower bud to spent flower.
I hope I did not discourage you from planting a rose shrub (especially those living in the tropics). As for me, after caring for this miniature rose shrub for about a few months, now I can safely say that I am ready for more rose plants :-)
Happy planting roses!