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how to plant rose seeds

I ordered a packet on line and arrived today with no instructions. callalily, Waterford , Co Waterford Posted: 06/05/2016

Find out is whether the seeds have been stratified, that is cold-treated, or not. If they have, they can be sown now in a seed-tray and covered with one centimetre of sand, with a sheet of glass on top, or polythene.

If they have not had cold treatment, mix them into some damp sand and place them in a polythene bag, neck folded over, in the fridge for two or three months before sowing. Or sow in autumn and let nature give them a winter chill.

  Miniature Roses

Miniature Roses

I was given 2 small roses in pots for Mothers Day. They came from Aldi. But there was no instructions on how to care for them or whether they are indoor or outdoor. I have them indoors at the moment in bigger pots. They looked cramped. I have them on a sunny windowsill but after that I have no idea how much water and care to give them. I have attached a picture and they are about a foot high with small pink roses. garfield1, , Co Cork Posted: 21/03/2015

Miniature roses are raised in greenhouses but are hardy and can be planted outdoors, placed where they will not be overwhelmed by bigger plants.

They can be grown in pots outdoors, kept nicely moist, not wet or standing in water and fed every three weeks when there are leaves on

They lose their leaves in winter and therefore do not look great indoors, where it is hard to give them enough light.

In general, they are kpet indoors while they flower and planted out, or grown outdoors in a pot after that.

They tend to be treated as disposable plants although they can last for years. 


Premature petal drop on roses

We have some beautiful roses in pots and beds but this year several are only just opening and then dropping the petals. There is no obvious pest or damage. SueM, Lichfield, Posted: 03/07/2011


Roses drop their petals quickly if the weather is dry and warm and/or they are pollinated very quickly by insects.


Rosebuds bent over at neck

The stems of my 5 year old Zepherine drouhin rose which flowered beautifully for the first 2 years, now all bend over at the neck when the flowers are at the bud stage. The plant looks healthy otherwise with plenty of buds. What could be causing this? Themasie, HOWTH, Co Dublin Posted: 24/06/2010


It is possible that very dry conditions are causing this, especially if the soil is light. Water heavily, about 20 litres slowly, and see if this helps.



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