How to Decorate With Miniature Roses
Roses are one of the most universally loved plants, and miniature roses are the perfect choice for unusual indoor arrangements. Their colorful blooms look gorgeous against their dark green foliage.
Growing Roses Indoors
Select healthy plants, whether they come from your garden or the nursery. If you find bugs on your plants, mix a solution of water and dishwashing soap and spray the plant wherever you see insects. Concentrate on new growth, where bugs tend to congregate, and avoid spraying the blooms since the solution can rot the flower prematurely.
Roses need a good watering weekly and should receive at least four to six hours of direct sunlight daily. Try moving the plants outdoors and bring them in during the three to four weeks that they bloom.
Creating a Double-Tiered Arrangement
This beautiful arrangement of an assortment of miniature roses, African violets and ivy staggered in a tiered pot is simple to make for an unusual centerpiece or focal point in a room.
1. Choose a large decorative container for the bottom layer, which will be the most visible one in the arrangement. Cut a square of bubble wrap, making each side about the same length as the height of the container. Place the bubble wrap over the mouth of the container.
2. Use a terra-cotta pot with a wide mouth and narrow base. Turn it upside down and center it on the bubble wrap. Push the pot down on top of the wrap, into the bottom of the container.
3. Fill the container with soil around the terra-cotta pot. Leave some space for the roses at the top, tamping down the soil firmly.
4. Use thick garden gloves when working roses to protect your hands from thorns. Place a small shrub rose, root ball intact, around the outside edge of the container. Continue filling in around the center pot until the arrangement has a full look.
5. Add sprigs of ivy with roots around the roses. Fill in the gaps with soil.
6. Place a second decorative container that coordinates with the first container and position it on the exposed end of the terra-cotta pot. Set several more rose plants inside the second pot. Finish the arrangement with some simple mosses and an African violet.
7. Water thoroughly with a weakened liquid fertilizer.