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Well don’t let the name fool you. Miniature roses can deliver some big results in your garden. I think, are a great addition to any garden out there. And not only are the blooms smaller but the plants are smaller as well. They have more of a shrub like form and they’re fairly easy to care for. Let’s talk more about the care verses the hybrid tea roses.

Right, if you’re cutting the blooms to bring them in and put in a vase, you want to trim the blooms back to the first 5 leaflet leaf. That will help the plant to regenerate and grow and provide more blooms throughout the growing season. Some of the pests that we want to be careful of would be spider mites and aphids but of course that’s something we’re looking for on the rest of the roses as well that we grow in the midwest. Now what about over wintering. Are they easier? Over wintering in general, the miniature roses are hardier than most of the roses that we’re dealing with. And that’s a very good thing.

So we’re going to be able to get those roses through the winter more successfully than all the steps we have to take with the other roses. Okay. It seems like you always see them given as gifts. Yes, and that’s one of the ways that many people start out. They start out with one that’s been given as a gift. They plant that in a full sun location and in subsequent years they add to their collection. Now what cultivars would you recommend? Well, the miniature rose comes in a wide variety of colors, except for true blue. My personal favorite is one called Minnie Pearl. Which is a pink and white blend. A good white would be Irresistible. A good apricot would be one called Dee Bennett. And the one that you have in your hand there is called Sweet Diana. And the list goes on and on. Another very beautiful. Alright, well, thanks James. And if you would like more information on miniature roses be sure to log onto gardening in the zone dot com.

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