Miniature Rose Bush: A Valentine's Day Gift That Keeps Giving
A Gift for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, or Any Day
Are you looking for a perfect gift for that special someone in your life but want to give something a little different? Instead of giving cut flowers that will die in a few days, why not give a more unique and sustainable gift? While cut roses will shrivel and die in a week or so, a miniature rose bush will continue to grow and produce blooms year after year. Consider giving a living gift that can grow and evolve like your love for your partner.
Don't Give Cut Flowers
Instead of giving a vase of cut roses, give a miniature rose bush. Your spouse or partner will still be able to enjoy the beauty of roses and that special feeling of love, and best of all, the gift will last forever if properly cared for.
I told my husband years ago that he shouldn't spend money on something that I will only be able to enjoy for a few days. I'd prefer him to get something I can plant and enjoy forever. Miniature rose bushes are an original and practical twist on the classic Valentine's Day gift.
You can buy a pretty pot and place them inside. They can remain in the pot until the weather allows them to be transplanted outside, where they can thrive for years. They can be re-potted easily and will be beautiful all growing season- ong. You can also keep them inside permanently in a bright sunny window.
Below is a little information on miniature rose bushes and how to care for them. I'm sure your partner will appreciate the sentiment and beauty a miniature rose bush will bring all growing season long.
General Information About Miniature Roses
Miniature roses are bred to remain small in size. They have smaller flowers than regular roses and come in a variety of different colors. Despite their small size, they are actually very hardy. Most varieties are long-blooming, meaning that the bush will flower continuously throughout the growing season. The length of the growing season depends on your location and USDA hardiness zone. Miniature roses are great for borders, edgers, or any small place you need a little color. As your gift continues to grow and bloom, your partner will be reminded of your everlasting love every time they look out the window.
Types of Miniature Roses
- Climbers: These tend to grow vertically and can be trained to grow against a support of some type, such as a trellis.
- Trailers: These tend to grow in a cascading manner and are great to plant in baskets or along the edge of a wall.
- Micro-minis: These are the smallest of the miniature roses. They grow between 6 and 12 inches and the blooms are ¼ to 1 inch in size.
Miniature Rose Bush Care
You basically care for miniature roses the same way you would regular-sized roses. Here are some basic care instructions to get you started.
Dig your hole about 1 inch deeper and 6 inches wider than the pot the roses came in. Add some organic matter, such as peat moss, to the bottom of the hole. Carefully remove the pot from the roses and loosen the roots as much as possible. Place the rose bush in the hole and pack dirt firmly around it. water well and add a layer of mulch.
The amount of water is going to depend on the type of soil you have. Be sure to water deeply and keep the ground moist but not soggy.
Fertilizing is essential if you want your roses to bloom continuously. Use a rose fertilizer and feed after each flush of bloom. You'll want to stop feeding when the weather drops to between 35 and 40 degrees. Mixing some Miracle Grow rose fertilizer with some water works well.
Just as with regular rose bushes, you'll want to prune in late winter or early spring. As the blooms fade, just pinch them off to encourage new growth.
What Do You Think?
I hope you agree that this is more original than cut flowers or candy. Recipients like it when you put some thought into their gift. Show them how much you care by getting them a miniature rose bush—you'll be glad you did!