Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sun Shine

A couple of weeks ago when I went to a baby shower,  the tables were decorated with cute miniature rose bushes.  The plant's 2-inch greenhouse pots were set inside plain white flowerpots, and each had a strip of pink burlap (in honor of the baby girl to-be) wrapped around it.

The hostess offered a plant to all the guests as they left.  I declined, explaining that the bush wouldn't stand a chance in my house because my cats really like to eat roses.  However, she looked so sad that I wasn't taking her party favor I relented.  I brought the pot home and put it on the fireplace mantel, which receives only a little indirect sun.

It didn't thrive there. The leaves started turning yellow, and quite a few of the leaflets started falling off.   In addition, the tiny pot dried out quickly; one day when I walked through the family room I noticed the plant was drooping to one side because it needed to be watered.  Something needed to be done.

This morning I was reading a gardening column in the newspaper which mentioned that roses need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day. I realized that the tiny two-inch pot would easily fit on top of the window frame in the kitchen.

I hope the plant can start thriving in its new home.

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  1. Kathy I too have problems with these mini roses, I hope yours survives and thrives. It looks healthy, hopefully that sunlight will be exactly what it needs. Please keep us posted from time to time.

    1. I noticed today that the bush is getting brown leaf tips...wonder if it's too cold right next to the window?