just got a mini rose - Nov 10 -what now??

woodsidetrader(PA/6)November 10, 2013

Just was given a lovely lavender color mini rose. It is in bloom with many buds yet to open. I am a gardener, but never had roses. Not sure what to do at this time of year.
We are past first frost, the ground is not yet frozen hard, but very cold weather is just 3 days away.
Here are my choices:
1. keep it inside where we can enjoy it while it's blooming.
2. take it to the basement - probably 45-50 degrees and fairly dark without lights on.
3. Plant it out and hope for the best.
Welcome advice from rose experts. Thanks

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seil zone 6b MI

I think you summed up your choices pretty well.

You could just enjoy it for now in the house and after it's done blooming let it go dormant for the winter. Although an unheated garage would be better than the basement. 40 to 50 degrees is not cold enough for it to go dormant and it will try to keep growing even without light. And if you do decide to let it go dormant remember to give it some water every month all winter.

Planting it right now might be a real shock for it since it's been growing all this time in a greenhouse. Minis are own root for the most part though so even if it dies back completely to the ground it could come back from the roots next spring.

    Bookmark   November 10, 2013 at 6:42PM
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I'm just a little warmer then you but I always buy mini's during February. Some in December. I enjoy them inside for a few days then slowly start moving them outside over a weeks time. They end up on the south side of the house burried under a pile of leafs. Have never lost one yet. I do move them into a little larger pot when I start moving them outside. I give them a drink of COLD water every couple of wks. No food at all during the winter. In the spring I strip any foliage that might be hanging on and prune the lightly. They come back like gang busters.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2013 at 11:11AM
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