Why won't they last for me indoors?
Every time I've tried minis indoors, they succumb to spider mite sooner or later. Before I know it, I go from a beautiful blooming plant to a few dried up sticks with dry, crackly remnants of leaves every time. I dearly love these plants, but finally gave up on them years ago. My climate is dry - high desert of S. Calif. and the summertime humidity is often only 15-20%. Well, I took up orchids and other tropicals, and for the most part have done pretty darn well with them, even reblooming the orchids.
I have no outdoor options, so my plants must all be houseplants. I hear minis are just not happy indoors, but I do hear of people who are successful. What is their secret?
Well, everything was fine until the other day when my daughter-in-law proudly presented me with.... you guess.... a mini rose! In a two and a half inch pot. I fell in love all over again. Its white with three buds. But, already I see that some of its leaves are yellowing. (They were when she gave it to me). I don't want to lose another one of these little beauties! I mist it thoroughly every morning, and water it every other day, since I'm sure I underwatered the others that died in the past. Pebble tray too. I have to keep reminding myself its a thirsty plant - unlike most orchids who like to dry out between waterings. Any words of wisdom for this time around? The label says its a Parade Rose, but that's it. No name. Thanks.