Growing and Caring for parade roses

By Mary Richardson , last updated March 22, 2011

Parade roses are a miniature variety that is easy to grow and care for, even for the most inexperienced gardener. Despite their delicate appearance, they are hardy plants that thrive with little maintenance in the right conditions. Parade roses share as many colors as their larger sized counterparts and require similar attention.

Sun

Find a sunny location in your yard. The roses can be planted in the ground, in a hanging pot, or large planter. They need at least 6 hours of sunlight a day, so carefully assess the right spot for them.

Soil

Plant your roses in a basic purpose soil with some peat moss mixed in. It's important the soil is aerated well to allow distribution of nutrients for strong roots. Ensure the soil is moistened before planting the rose bush. Dig out a hole about one foot in depth and width for each bush. Cover with mulch to protect them during cold months. Many roses can be planted in zones 6-10 without winter protection, but ask a local nursery for recommendations.

Water

Water your bushes every day for three weeks after planting. Afterwards, determine the amount of watering needed based on your region and climate. The goal is to ensure the soil remains moist, but there should be adequate drainage. As a general guide, each rose bush requires about a gallon of water per week. If you use rainwater, be careful of acidity that may damage the flowers.

Fertilizer

Apply a water-soluble fertilizer every 3 or 4 weeks, but apply every two weeks during the spring and summer. Use a slow release fertilizer once or twice a year. Follow manufacturer's directions carefully as fertilizing too much can damage your plant.

Pruning

Cut off cane using scissors or pruning shears during the spring, and after the bush blooms, cut it back one-third. This will help maintain the full appearance of the plant. Remove dead or diseased parts any time you notice them during the year, but avoid pruning in the fall, which can lead to new growth that gets damaged during cold temperatures.

Pests

Check for insects such as spider mites or white flies. Prevent infestation by spraying the undersides of the leaves with water once each week early in the day. Apply a store bought soap shield at 5-day intervals, or make your own from 4 parts water and 3 parts rubbing alcohol. Take the plant out of the sun until the alcohol dries.

Indoor Parade Roses

Parade roses are difficult to grow indoors, but it can be done if you place the pots in bright sunny areas. Even so, they may require supplemental light. Indoor roses also tend to dry out, so water them well and elevate pots on pebbles or sand in drainage dishes. This provides humidity to the plant. Check for pests and treat accordingly. Use a fertilizer with potassium such as NPK 5-5-10. Transplant a rose bush if it gets too big for its pot. When replanting, untangle the loose roots and then cover with soil so that the plant sits level.

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