QUICK REFERENCE PLANTING GUIDE
1. Light/Sun Exposure: Full to part sun.
2. USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 10.
3. Planting Distance: 18 to 24 inches apart in-ground, or one plant per 12 inch or larger container.
4. Mature Height/Spread: 1 to 2 feet tall with a 2 to 3 foot spread.
5. Bloom Time: Early summer to frost.
6. Planting Instructions: Dig a hole twice as wide and twice as deep as the pot in which your plant was grown. Partially backfill the hole with soil, remove the plant from the pot and carefully position the root ball in the hole. The top of the root ball should be level with the soil surface. Refill the hole with soil, firming the soil around the plant with your fingers. Check to be sure that the plant is not planted too deeply. If it is, raise the plant gently and refirm the soil. Water thoroughly.
Although these plants will perform well in average garden soils of all types, we recommend having your soil tested periodically by the local County Extension Office. These tests can determine if the soil needs any amendments to enhance your plants' growth and performance. See below for our recommended practice to improve your soil without any additional testing:
1. Spade or till the soil to a depth of 12-18 inches.
2. To provide nutrients and improve drainage, add organic matter to your soil by mixing in a 2 to 4-inch layer of dehydrated manure, garden compost, shredded leaves, and/or peat moss.
3. After active growth begins, periodically feed with Cottage Farms' water soluble Carefree Bud-N-Flower Booster for Roses. Plants in containers need more frequent watering and feeding, especially when in active growth and bloom.
Gardeners across North America are discovering the delightful charm and versatility of colorful miniature roses. In beauty, form and hue, these miniature plants will be covered with blooms all season, whether grown on a deck, porch or patio. Most varieties are ideal for growing in pots and hanging baskets. If they begin to outgrow a smaller container, they can be planted into larger pots or put in the garden.
Watering - Your plants require 1" of rainfall (or equivalent watering) each week when planted in the ground. Do not allow plants in containers to dry out. In a container that is exposed to full sun, water it well at least once every other day, and possibly every day, during periods of intense summer heat. You may wish to temporarily move the containerized plants to an area where they are shielded from the hot summer sun (i.e., in the shade of a tree, on a porch near an overhang).
Mulching - In-ground apply a 2 to 4 inch layer of shredded bark, compost or other organic mulch around your plants to promote moisture retention, maintain even soil temperatures, and to discourage weed growth.
Weeding - Keep the area around your plants free of weeds. Weeds compete with other plants for food, water and light. Walk around the garden periodically and pull weeds, including the roots as soon as you see them.
Pruning - Pinch or prune faded blooms to promote greater flower production. At the same time, remove unwanted or undesirable branches and cut out weak shoots.
Feeding - Discontinue any feeding after September 1st so your plants can harden off for winter dormancy. Resume fertilizing when new growth appears in the spring.
Winterizing - The time to protect your plants in the garden is after the ground has frozen. At that time, apply a winter mulch of evergreen boughs, straws or leaves to prevent lifting of the plant's roots during alternating periods of freezing and thawing. For container planting, move plants next to your home's southern foundation for added warmth and protection. They may also be moved into an unheated, protected area such as a garage or cellar. If moved to a protected area be sure you water them well once every 2 to 3 weeks as needed.
In spring, remove the mulch from in-ground plantings. Also, bring containerized plants back out into the garden sunlight where they will immediately begin to repeat their yearly garden performance.
CAUTION: Not all plant material is edible. Though most plants are harmless, some contain toxic substances which can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, or other discomforts. As a general rule, only known food products should be eaten. In case of ingestion, please contact your local poison control center at once and advise them of the plant ingested. Keep out of reach of children.