Ringing in the New Year with Roses

Ringing in the New Year with Roses

Growing Roses from Seed for Good Luck

Petite roses that you grow from seed, Angel Wings bloom profusely with sweet little pink flowers. Photo courtesy Renee’s Garden Seeds.

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.

In growing your own mini-rose bushes, this little packet of seeds is the beginning of the process. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is. Photo courtesy of Renee’s Garden Seeds.

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.

Sweet deep-pink roses cover the mini bushes of Angel Wings miniature roses, grown from seed. Photo courtesy Renee’s Garden Seeds.

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.

Hips from Angel Wings roses are enjoyed by wildlife and can be used in floral arrangements too. Photo courtesy Renee’s Garden Seeds.

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.

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