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by Keri on January 15, 2005 08:46 PM
I bought two indoor roses (Parade Roses) about a week ago at Wal-Mart. When I bought them they were both in great and beautiful condition. Well, I had to put them in new pots because the ones they were in were cracked. I watered them, but not too much and put fertilizer in. I put them both by a window to get alot of light, which is what the tag said it needed. Now, they both are wilting away! The leaves are falling off and the buds that were all on them are hanging down. What have I done to these poor plants? What can I do now to help them! I LOVE ROSES and I HATE TO SEE THEM LIKE THIS [Eek!]

by duckie on January 15, 2005 11:27 PM
[wayey] Hi Keri,

I don't know anything about indoor roses.

But anytime I repot something.I keep it out of direct sunlight.

I think it kind of shocks a plant when you disturb the roots.Usually 5 to 7 days out of sunlight is a good rule of thumb.

btw [flower] Welcome [flower]


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by Keri on January 16, 2005 01:21 AM
Hey there! Thanks for the welcome. I did forget to mention that I did have them in a room that doesn't get alot of light the first 3 days I had them home ONLY because I didn't have time to rearrange the stands I had planned on displaying them on at that time. That is when they started wilting so I moved them to a well lit area. Now, I just don't know what else to do!

Have a GREAT day!
by Amy R. on January 16, 2005 03:16 AM
hi Keri,
another thing i thought of, and i could be way off, but i think a good rule of thumb is to wait a bit before you fertilize after repotting a plant. let it acclimate to it's new conditions first, wait for some new growth, maybe? then hose it. that said, i always dilute when i fertilize out of fear that i'm going to burn the roots. hee hee, i always live in fear of my plants. good luck with your little babies, and let us know how it turns out.
by Keri on January 16, 2005 05:10 AM
Well, I don't think there is anything else I can do about them now except hope and pray they make it! Thanks for the tip for future reference!

I told you all I had alot of Gardening For Dummies questions! LOL!

by Amy R. on January 16, 2005 06:11 AM
hey Keri,
look, it's Amy again=). i tried searching online for "Parade Roses" and didn't come up with anything. A friend of mine here in Tucson actually kept hers outside and it did quite well during the spring. Anyway, here is a link that might help. Keep in mind that, in my personal opinion, those little plants are so jacked on fertilizer, light and humidity when they are starting out, that anything less, i.e., your house, my house, will be a shock. keep your chin up, hopefull they will come around!

HGTV's Indoor Roses

by Jiffymouse on January 16, 2005 08:24 AM
keri, one thing you might want to try, if you think you may have overfertilized it (and if you used commercial potting soil like schultz or miracle grow and fertilized, you probably did) is to run gently flowing water on it for about 20 minutes and let it drain well. that will sometimes wash out the excess fertilizer.
by Keri on January 16, 2005 04:17 PM
HUMMM, GREAT idea! I will try that this morning, I mean...what could it hurt right? I have tried everything else!! Thanks for the wonderful tip, I never knew you could do that to a plant and not hurt it!

by Jiffymouse on January 16, 2005 04:46 PM
as long as the water can drain, you won't hurt them a bit, think of it as them getting caught in a really heavy downpour or a lazy saturday rain storm... as long as the water isn't setting, you are in good shape!
by Keri on January 16, 2005 07:15 PM
DONE!! We will see what it does now. I did what you said and put them back in there place, which is in front of a window that gets sun from sunrise to about noon!

by Keri on January 16, 2005 09:47 PM
Ok, the picture below is what the pink rose looks like now. The red one I have is more green and not as droppy! Now, from what I understand, when your rose looks like this it says it is in a Dormant Roses stage. SURELY this plant isn't through blooming now? This is what the article read beside the picture.
Indoor roses will bloom continually for about three months as long as you regularly deadhead the spent blossoms. Once the blooming period is over, however, you need to allow the plant to die down and go dormant.


On the other hand I am wondering if it could be "not enough light". I have them both in front of the window that gets complete sun from sunrise to about noon, so I really don't know what to do...LOL!

I guess I could leave them there for a few days and see if they perk up now since I washed some of the fertilizer down.
by Keri on January 16, 2005 09:57 PM
OK! It seems as if I have picked the HARDEST plant to try and grow indoors. I have all the links, they were great and very informative!! The problem is they all say it is hard to grow these indoors! I am not sure what I am going to do with them. Maybe in the spring it will be best to plant them outdoors. I really don't know!

by Jiffymouse on January 16, 2005 11:23 PM
well, i have never been successful with them. my roses outside - great! inside? crap. but... if one is perking up, you may have the key. another thing you can do to give them more light is get a flourescent light or a grow light to give them extra "sun".
by Keri on January 17, 2005 02:48 AM
I know what your saying all too well! My roses outside are BEAUTIFUL and I don't even touch them!!! I don't fertilize, water or spray for fungus or bugs on them. The only thing I do to them is cut them back and I have only done that twice in the 3 years I have had them! They do alot better when I let them be!

Exactly where can I find a grow light? I am needing/wanting something not so noticeable, ya know? We live in a mobile home but we are fixing to start building in the next few months. I don't want anything that is big and bulky.

by Jiffymouse on January 18, 2005 03:09 AM
you can get a nice lamp fixture and purchase a "grow light" bulb for it. walmart sells them as does lowes and home depot...
by Keri on January 18, 2005 05:48 AM
GREAT! I will check into it! THANKS so much for the wonderful advice!

You all are GREAT!
by Jiffymouse on January 18, 2005 07:55 PM
[Embarrassed] helping each other is why we are here [Embarrassed]
by Siena on February 19, 2005 02:16 AM
Hi, I'm trying to get some mini roses to live indoors also. Everything I've read is discouraging. But mine are doing good so far. I only have two blooms left but.. I have lots of new growth. I've kept mine in a pebble tray and I mist them with either plain water or a mild mix of rose fertilizer and water. I mist them every time I go by and think of it...I know this may be over kill but so far so good. I did break down and get a large growlight for them and I keep it on from the time I wake up until I go to bed. When I water them i tend to use a really dilute mixture of fertilizer. However, I just (last night) repotted them...<i'm keeping my fingers crossed> So now I'm shorteing there daylight time and I haven't watered them since, however I am still keeping them misted. I have them on pebble trays still and I have alot of space in the pot filled with pebbles ( I think my pots are a bit to big...actually I know they are) Anyway, I have had an aphid problem, but I think I have that under control, and on my littlest one I found some yellow mold on the roots! I washed it off before I repotted it but I have know idea if that was a good thing to do. I think, maybe, the light and the moist air has done a lot of good....but then I'm just guessing. I'm really interested in how yours are doing. I would love to hear that someone has gotten these guys to do well indoors.
by Keri on February 20, 2005 05:59 AM
Hey there! I just wanted to wish you luck with your roses! It sounds like your doing a wonderful job so I would keep doing what your doing. Mine, unfortunately when KURPLUNK!! Oh well, a lesson learned for me..LOL!

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