Care for 2 types of winter rose

GARDEN Q & A

November 04, 2006|By Jon Traunfeld and Ellen Nibali | Jon Traunfeld and Ellen Nibali,Special to The Sun

I purchased a houseplant called a winter rose and need to know the care.

Common names can cause confusion. "Winter rose" is a cultivar of poinsettia. Read our publication about poinsettias on our Web site or call us to request a copy.

"Winter rose" is also a miniature rose. Miniature roses need 14-16 hours of bright light daily to flower. After flowering, they need a two-month rest period in a cool location at 45 degrees or below. Water moderately during the active growth period, allowing the top half-inch of soil to dry out between watering. Water less frequently during the rest period. Apply a water-soluble fertilizer every two weeks during active growth.

Checklist

Shred fallen leaves with a lawn mower or string trimmer to hasten their decomposition. Leaves should not be allowed to completely cover turf grass over the fall and winter.

Drain water from hoses and store them indoors. Drain spigots and check valves to avoid freeze cracks.

Jon Traunfeld, regional specialist, and Ellen Nibali, horticulture consultant, work at Maryland Cooperative Extension's Home and Garden Information Center, which offers Maryland residents free gardening information. Call the center's "hotline" at 800-342-2507 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.) or e-mail plant and pest questions through the Send a Question feature at hgic.umd.edu.

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