Growing Roses from Seed for Good Luck
What a better way to start off the New Year than with roses? When it comes to roses in January, we’ve got a couple options. One would be to order up a dozen long-stems from the florist. The second—the one I prefer—is to grow your own from seed.
Wait, what? Roses from seed? Am I kidding? Nope. Not only can you grow roses from seed, but this winter project is quick and easy. And if you start soon, by planting up a bunch of Angel Wings miniature roses, you’ll have some of the sweetest gifts to share come Valentine’s Day, or for any other special occasion for that matter.
Start with a packet of Angel Wings miniature rose seeds. (You can find them online from Renee’s Garden Seeds.) Follow the package directions. Plant the seeds in a commercial seed-starting mix. Place the flat or pots in a sunny window, anywhere where there is strong light source.
The packet advises that the seeds start slowly. Your patience will be rewarded when the little seedlings start to grow. When they are large enough to handle, transplant the seedlings into individual pots with good drainage. Feed the seedlings every couple of weeks with a half-strength fertilizer. Fish emulsion or other soluble fertilizer is a good choice.
Your mini roses will grow into dense petite bushes that will eventually top out at one and half to two and a half feet tall. And the roses! These mini-rose bushes will be smothered with the sweetest deep-pink buds and blooms in classic shades of shell pink, white and soft rose. Hardy Angel Wings roses will bloom all season. These perfect little roses can grace the front of the border, fill a big garden bed, or make sweet container plants. When gradually acclimated to the outdoors this spring, the little roses can be planted in a location with full sun.
Angel Wings miniature roses just might be one of the sweetest ways to ring in a New Year.