According to the Finnish Garden Association, hundreds of thousands of potted roses are bought for homes on Mother’s Day. Of course, every mother wants to make sure that the care of the potted rose goes smoothly and that the plant can be admired for as long as possible, at best until the next Mother’s Day.
Indoors, the trick is easier said than done. Chairman of the Rose Association Michael Luther points out that little roses sold for Mother ‘s Day are grown in greenhouses where the temperature and nutrients are set to optimal and there is enough light flooding them.
Roses are also planted in pots so small that there is little room for their roots to develop.
“At home, things are different. The temperature is often far too high, the light too little and optimizing food and water supply in a small pot is an almost impossible task, ”he says.
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The best way to treat a potted rose is to change the pot to clay
However, what is tried is not put. Gardener Lea Rauta advises that it is best to move a rose brought home from a plastic shopping pot to a larger and preferably clay pot.
“Rose likes steady conditions. It doesn’t like drought, but neither does it get wet, so in the worst case, a plastic pot wrapped in foil keeps the roots too wet, ”says Rauta.
In a larger pot and soil, the roots receive more even moisture and have room to grow and strengthen.
Drainage is important, so it’s a good idea to put a thin layer of gravel on the bottom of the pot so that the drainage works and there is no water left around the roots.
Potted rose is easier to care for on the balcony than on the windowsill
Potted rose does not like dry room air. When hot and dry, it fades and is easily attacked by aphids.
While the rose enjoys light, it does not like toast. If you want to keep the rose indoors, you should not place it on the windowsill, at least in the hottest place.
On the balcony, terrace and yard, the mother’s day rose is more comfortable, but it must be accustomed to outdoor activities in the same way as other plants in the spring.
“If the daytime temperature stays close to ten degrees, the rose can spend its day on the balcony as long as it is taken in for the night. With a glazed balcony, you can start holding the pot a little at night, ”says Lea Rauta.
In order for the rose to survive the flowers, it must be given fertilizer with irrigation water or, alternatively, fertilizer sticks, which are renewed every month during the summer.
The dry flowers are snapped off with scissors.
In the yard, the potted rose thrives deeper than in the pot
The potted rose is best enjoyed outdoors, so if you have a yard, it’s a good idea to move it out for the summer after the night frosts are over.
If you want to plant a rose in the yard, you need to make sure again that the rose is not put in a place where the moisture will stand.
“A raised bench or sand-based soil is an alternative to a rose,” says Lea Rauta.
In the yard, a pot rose is planted deeper than it is in the pot.
“The root system of the pot rose is a different species than the above-ground part, so at its root you can see the breeding site that remains when planted underground,” Lea Rauta advises.
If you want to make the rose overwinter, reduce watering in a timely manner
Potted roses do not necessarily overwinter in Finnish conditions, but you can try that too.
Lea Rauta suggests moving the rose to a cool interior, basement or cool warehouse for the winter.
“In a mild winter, a rose can be made to hibernate in a large enough pot on a glazed balcony.”
If you want to get the rose to overwinter, watering and fertilizing should be reduced as early as July.
“Moisture should be regulated well in advance so that it is not wet when brought inside.”
Inside, Lea Rauta gives a general guideline that in an individual space of about ten degrees, for example in a garage, the rose needs a little watering during the winter. If the temperature is lower and the room is light, the rose will not be watered.
In the spring, it will be cut, but Lea Rauta urges restraint with scissors.
“It’s not worth rushing with a rose. You can watch in peace how the new growth starts. When the green buds start to appear, all the dry parts are cut off above them. ”
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