Poor little grocery mini not taking off

esther_bApril 13, 2010

I saved a grocery mini (I assume it's one of the Parade types) from being tossed and brought it home. It had no flowers, and all the leaves dropped off from not having been watered. The canes of the 4 plants were green. I put it in a window and kept it moist. Three of the 4 canes are still green, and 2 of them are putting out new leaves. The leaves have what appears to be slightly lighter green dust on some of them. Is this the sign of a pest? If so, what can I do to save this poor little guy and make it thrive?

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diane_nj 6b/7a

Plant it outside. It isn't getting enough light or humidity inside. The "dust" may be the start of powdery mildew.

Scroll down the main Mini page and find the thread "How to save a potted gift rose" for more information.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2010 at 2:21PM
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I say plant it outside too. I've never had any of those grocery store minis, even healthy ones, do well indoors even in the sunniest of windows. Planted outside, they almost always do great. I use ortho, disease, fungus and insect spray on mine, it works systemically. I've been using a new granular rose food and disease control as well, that goes on the soil.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2010 at 7:59AM
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I have one I just got. I have it in my greenhous (little one in the livingroom) under (right under) a very good grow light, that is (about 2.5 ft under yet another grow light) It seems to be thriving. Can't put it out now or a freak frost might get it. Is this an ok situation for about one more month? or do I risk it?

    Bookmark   April 23, 2010 at 11:34PM
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I put the mini outside about 10 days ago. The leaves are definitely bigger. The powdery mildew (which I was hoping the sunshine would cure) is still there, but not on the new leaves. I think the mini is much happier outside than inside, but needs time and sunshine to make a comeback.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2010 at 10:36PM
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