Hi everyone, i have taken my first step in gardening. I went and bought some flowering plants and few veg. I have some idea about other plants, but iam new with roses.
1.I have a balcony garden with red soil( maybe 4 inches deep) with good drainage and sunlight. Is it better to replant it in that or a big plastic bucket or pot is enough?
2.What mixture should i use for rose? In one thread i saw GG answering as red soil, cocopeat and compost/manure. Can you please tell the proportion?
3.How often should i add rose fertilizer?
Please help me with this.thanks in advance
Roses require more space than 4 inches deep. You may initially get some flowers, but they will tend to dry out soon. In my experience, a mininum 12 inch pot is required.
- what kind of roses did you buy, the miniature ones or the hybrid teas? Hybrid teas in general will require larger spaces.
- Mixture : you can use a 1:1:1 of redsoil, cocopeat and compost. By itself, cocopeat is very light, but it has good water retention properties. Alternatively, you can just use only redsoil and compost/manure.Fresh redsoil is always good for roses.
- Do not add any rose mix or fertilizer till the rose gets used to the place and you start seeing fresh shoots. Its always a good idea to remove all buds when you plant your rose. That way the plant spends its energy in establishing itself. Once it is established, you can feed something like rose mix or receipe mentioned by Raman once every 15 days.
And of course sit back and enjoy. Keep us updated of how things are coming along
Thanks a lot for the reply. To be frank, i didnt even know what hybrid tea roses are!!! but now i checked, and i have the miniature ones. My daughter wanted those colors and the plant looked healthy so i bought it (can you believe it???But like i said, iam very new to this. but now i feel like an idiot
Good that i havent transplanted it yet. I will better buy a pot and use it.
what precautions should i take while transplanting without shocking the plant?
Again, thanks a lot.
For repotting, water first, remove all buds and flowers. Remove all the plant from its existing pot and loosen the roots a little bit. Then place it in its new home with some fresh soil. Then water completely. Try to avoid doing this when it is very hot; early mornings or evenings are better. The plant will take some time putting out new roots and establishing itself. Do not be worried if you don't see new shoots immediately. Depending on the variety of the rose, this may take some time. Maybe for your miniatures, you will see fresh growth in couple of weeks. Thats it.
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