ROSIE THE ROSA AMOROSA
Rosie loves the sunshine and should be placed in a well lit room. Keep her lovely flowers away from direct sunlight. This will cause her leaves to dry out and wilt. The best place for Rosie is about a metre away from a west or east facing window. Lighting-wise Rosie pairs best with Lily and Marble.
Check the first few inches of Rosie’s soil weekly and only water when it is dry. In the summer this could be once or twice a week but in the cooler months this watering schedule will need to be reduced.
Rosie prefers a humid environment. Avoid misting her leaves as this could cause her flowers to mould. Find out how you can increase the humidity in your home here. For a humidity boost, place Rosie next to a plant that releases humidity like Bonnie, Hamish and Lily.
Keep Rosie in a warm and draft-free room. Keep the temperatures consistent to around 18ºC-25ºC. Rosie might start to wilt or droop her foliage if placed in a room cooler than 15ºC.
Use a rose fertiliser once a month in the growing season from the months of March-September. Do not fertilise in the winter months.
Rosie can be re-potted once every 1-2 years or whenever she shows signs of outgrowing her nursery pot. This can be shown by plenty of large roots growing out of her nursery pot. Use a rose potting mixture that’s especially formulated for flowering plants. Avoid re-potting Rosie in the winter months when she is in dormancy.
TROUBLESHOOTING YOUR ROSE BUSH
Yellow spots/yellow leaves falling - This is a sign that Rosie has been overwatered. Check the first few inches of soil to make sure it is dry before you water her again.
Foliage drooping - Rosie is ready for a drink. If the soil becomes too dry she will droop her leaves to signal that it’s time for a drink.
Flowers wilting - This can happen for a few reasons
- Rosie is cold. She will wilt her flowers if she is not kept in a room warmer than 18ºC.
- She has been placed in direct sunlight and her flowers have dried up and died. Place Rosie further back from any window that lets in direct midday sun.
- The flower has reached the end of its life cycle and has naturally died back. Usually happens at the end of the growth season in October.
OUR TOP 3 CARE TIPS
Top tip 1: Remove Rosie’s dead flowers once they have reached the end of their life cycle. This encourages new blooms to form - especially in the spring and summer months.
Top tip 2: Use a Rose fertiliser once a month to encourage new blooms. Do this from the months of March-September. Do not fertilise in the winter months.
Top tip 3: If possible use rainwater to water Rosie. Harsh chemicals found in tap water could upset Rosie’s delicate root system.