|Written by Susan Golis|
Brighten you patio, balcony or deck with containers of sugar plum double blooming mini rose flowers or grow this pretty plant in the front of your garden.¬† ¬†This plum colored rose with white on the base of each petal will start to bloom in early summer and will not stop until there is a hard frost.
Plant miniature roses in part shade to full sun and well drained soil and give them space to grow; ¬†18 inches in height with a spread up to 24 inches.¬† ¬†Provide the sugar plum with their growing requirements and they will bloom non-stop throughout summer and fall.
Plant roses at the right time
Plant bare root roses into the ground from December to February and bare root roses for containers should be planted from March to May.
Where to plant
Choose a garden bed that has good air circulation and is away from other plants and trees.¬† The sugar plum miniature rose will grow healthy and strong when it does not have to compete with other roots for hydrations and nutrients.¬† A garden site with full sun and well drained soil is preferred.
How to plant sugar plum roses
Hydrate the entire bare root in tepid pan water for 24 hours before planting.¬† While the bare root is soaking you would get your garden ready for planting.¬† If planting into the ground.
Dig a hole in the ground that is 18 inches deep and 18 inches wide.¬† Put the soil in a wheel barrow and amend with potting soil or compost.
Form a raised mound of soil in the center of the hole and then set the bare root onto of the mound the roots should be spread to grow outward.¬† Add some dirt to the hole and water the rose slowly.¬† By wetting the soil you will be removing air pockets.¬† Back fill the hole with the remaining soil.¬† Firm the soil around the stem leaving the bud union level with the soil.
Plant roses in a container that has drainage holes.¬† Fill the container with potting soil that is amended with compost.¬† Dig a hole that is 18 to 24 inches deep and space roses 18 inches apart. Roses that are grown in containers will need to be watered daily as containers dry out quickly.
Transplant container grown roses every 2 to 3 years to prevent them from becoming root bound.
Caring for miniature roses
Keep the soil evenly moist but not wet as it is important to not let the roots dry out.
Add mulch around the sugar plum rose bush to aid in moisture control and to prevent weed growth.
Mix natural diatomaceous earth food grade into the soil to aid in pest control.
Feed miniature roses bushes with organic granular fertilizer after the flowers start to bloom.
Image Credit: Spring Hill nursery sugar plum mini Roses
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