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Rocco's nursing room

Since I do not have my own summer cottage or even a plot of land, I cannot grow roses in the open field. But I have always dreamed of having at least a small rose bush at home. Often I was given luxury bouquets (I work as a school teacher) and tried several times to extend the life of the queen of flowers. Sometimes it worked, and the rooted plant was sent to friends at the dacha. It is true that I did not dare to buy the so-called a house rose in a pot, I wasn’t sure if I could save her. But one day the students presented such a plant.


My first potted rose was a pale pink color with many undeveloped buds. On the third day, she stood on the windowsill, and I decided what to do with her next. When the substrate in the pot dried thoroughly, trying to water the plant, I saw that the soil absorbs moisture very poorly. The substrate, as it seemed to me at the time, was mainly made of peat, and I immediately rushed to replant the plant. She took a clay lump out of the pot, tried to separate and thoroughly clean the roots, and then additionally rinse them with water. I disassembled the bush into separate plants (there were three) and planted them in different pots: two – in specially purchased soil for a rose, and the third – in the soil that I had collected in the garden by the house.


I decided to experiment, experimentally check what conditions the queen prefers. I carried out the transplant very carefully and couldn’t wait to become the owner of three beautiful rose bushes in a while. It was not so. Not a single plant survived. All the roses were lost one by one, despite my efforts to revive them. Neither feeding nor contrasting watering helped (I heard somewhere that water at different temperatures can bring a plant back to life), or even lighting a specially purchased fluorescent lamp. The buds never bloomed, and all the leaves gradually dried up …

Rocco's nursing room

The next potted rose lived longer in my apartment. Taught by bitter experience, I decided not to disturb the plant with a transplant, transferred it to a slightly larger pot, adding a little new soil to it. The rose faded, and in the spring it began to sprout new shoots. But after the “vacation” in the loggia, a spider mite attacked her, which I did not immediately notice. As a result, the pest not only killed my beauty, but also spread to other indoor flowers. The fight was long, but unfortunately the rose could not be defended.

Having lost two rose bushes, however, I gained some experience and began to better deal with the whims of “Her Majesty”. This allowed me to realize my old dream over time – to create a small rose garden in indoor conditions. Of course, I do not consider myself an advanced rose grower, but I am happy to share some insights and tips, I hope they will help someone.

How to keep a purchased rose in a pot. Home roses.


My mistake, which led to the death of the first plant (or rather three roses growing in one pot), was a wrong and premature transplant. By the way, this is a very common advice: transplant a potted rose into new soil as soon as possible, and before that, remove all the flowers from it, shorten the shoots tightly, almost by half, and cut off all the leaves, leaving only the densest. Such a radical “haircut” is created, allegedly so that the plant does not use the energy it will need to get used to the new conditions.

Rocco's nursing room

But the fact is that the energy has already been used up – the buds are laid, and the producer has ensured flowering by carefully “filling” the rose with the necessary dressings. Therefore, I believe that you should not deprive yourself of the pleasure of admiring the opening flowers, it is better not to touch the plant at all for 7-10 days, let it adjust a little to the climate of the apartment, just cut off the faded buds. But at the moment you need to keep the rose away from other plants, it must be quarantined. Very often, pests and diseases get into the house with store flowers, which are very difficult to get rid of.

See also: Feeding indoor plants with your own hands – how and what to do?

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I advise you to start the transplant in no earlier than a week, but preferably in 10 days.It is unlikely that you will be able to break down the bush into individual plants, since their roots are tightly intertwined. If you still want to plant roses in separate pots, you will have to cut the clay ball with a sharp knife.

The old substrate must be shaken off the roots, but it is not worth rinsing them under running water, as is often recommended, because after such treatment the plants take longer to become ill and take root less well. I did different things – I planted the roses separately and transplanted them all together, and I did not notice that due to “competition” in one pot, flowering was significantly impaired. But of course, all transplanted roses must be healthy, without signs of root rot.

Rocco's nursing room

Choosing a pot is a matter of taste. It is more convenient for me to grow roses in plastic pots: by changing their weight, you can easily determine that it’s time to water the plant. As for the soil mixture, I compose myself – 2 parts of humus and peat, 0.5 parts of sand and a little wood ash. At the bottom of the pot, I definitely put a drainage layer 1-2 cm thick.

In winter, the temperature in my apartment is 22-23 °, the roses are on the lightest windowsill, I cover the battery so that there is no inflow of hot air on them. Some sprout new shoots and continue to bloom (although it is not as abundant as in summer), others stop growing and prepare for “rest”.

Rocco's nursing room

When the central heating is on, I water the plants through the well twice a week so that they take as much water as they need. I place the pot with the rose in a deep pot and fill it with water at room temperature for about a quarter. After 20-30 minutes, the pot becomes heavier, which means the rose is “drunk” enough and should be put on a dry tray – water should not accumulate at the base.

I feed it once every 10 days with a liquid fertilizer for flowering plants containing potassium, magnesium and phosphorus. If the rose is to “rest”, it stops blooming and stops growing, I exclude feeding, but cut off watering and pour water right next to the root. When there are no severe frosts, and the temperature in the loggia is kept at 7-10 °, I send a rose there for a period of rest. But sometimes this is not possible and the rose remains on the windowsill, then I just move the pot closer to the glass. The main thing is not to force the plant to rest – do not cut off young shoots and leaves.

Rocco's nursing room

In winter, I don’t spray the roses because I use a humidifier a lot. Be sure to remove faded buds. In winter, the roses stretch a lot (after all, the lack of lighting affects them), and in the spring they will have to be trimmed. I shorten the shoots by about a third, leaving 5-6 buds on the stem. It is important to cut above the bud that looks outside the stem so that a new shoot does not grow inside the bush. I read that roses give off a protective substance when pruned, but for reliability I still treat them with garden tar. I also thin the leaves inside the bush, do not tear off the leaves, but cut them off, leaving a petiole with a bud.

I transplant roses every year, in early spring, because they bloom a lot, the earth is quickly depleted. At the same time, I increase the volume of the pot every 2-3 years, focusing on the size of the root system.

I propagate roses by cuttings with 2-3 buds and a heel. I plant them directly in the ground under glass or a plastic bag. First I keep it in the shade for a few days, then bring it to the light. After 3-4 weeks, the seedlings take root.

Reference by topic: How to keep a miniature gift rose in a pot



Room rose care: preparation for wintering. Floriculture with Oksana Valerievna.

© Author: E. BYKOVA Ryazan


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