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These aren’t “legacy” roses, and not entirely weed free. They take a little planning and taking care of them. You won’t be able to plant them and forget about them for a year or two.
Make sure to get a plot of at least 4 square feet.
Turn off any gas or electric power, and seal cracks. Make sure to don’t have too many cracks or you might poison the roses and starve them to death.
Repot the rose at least 4 times a year. In fact, it is a good idea to repot them once a month.
Keep new additions divided during the growing season. Don’t put old roots on new plantings.
Heat and humidity – keep the soil dry and do not let it dry out to too high of temperatures for a long period of time. The heat can kill the roses, or the dry soils can kill them over time. Let the soil reach the specific growing and moisture needs of the plant.
Check the soil frequently for moisture. This is vital if the soil is dry. Let the soil dry out enough to get your fingers a few inches down in the soil and you’ll find a good amount of water and drainage.
Keep the garden area well-drained to minimize rotting from water seeping in. Cut back to the roots of any any climbing plants.
– Step 1: Remove all of the old, dead and diseased foliage from the shrub or tree you are trying to clone from. You can use a herbicide such as Finlay’s Wish Tree Firework, alternatively, a commercial sprayer such as Allen’s Weed Control It, or a professional at your garden center.
– Step 2: Remove any soil on the outside of the plant to create a good living area for your miniature roses.
– Step 3: Select the right planting holes for the stem that will lead out the first plant bulb. Allow room for the plant to root.
– Step 4: Placing the stem with the shot holes in the planting hole, ensuring that the roots are close together for a proper growing environment. Take care not to bump them into one another.
– Step 5: Continue planting the shoots. To attach them to the old shoot is done by screwing on the ends of the plant. These are the first three shots. If it starts to grow up through the stems as the shoots start to bud out, clamp them on and allow them to grow. When they reach the end of the shoots, cut them to make sure they are oriented correctly.
– Step 6: Remove any dead shoots, growing tips and small flowers.
– Step 7: Plant the roses.
– Step 8: Water the shrub or tree planting once a week. Since the plant only needs one watering per year, you need to water within 4-6 hours before it gets too dry. Set the flowers and leaf tips on, to encourage later bloom.
– Step 9: Keep the soil moist until the first shoot form reaches about 1 inch tall, at which time there is enough ground cover to prevent injury. Plant a second shoot in between the first and second shoots to get some more greenery.
This column is provided courtesy of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism (www.centerforij.org).