The houseplant of the month for July is a classic: the rose!
Rosa is an old Latin plant name for the rose. Potted roses are part of this family, and as such they symbolise love, passion, unity and friendship. The primary association with roses is with cut flowers, but potted roses offer the same romantic mood and emotion. Roses originate from the northern hemisphere, particularly China and Europe. The name ‘rose’ is derived from the Celtic word ‘rhodd’, which means ‘red’. Many roses originally had red flowers, but growers have been able to create all sorts of other colours. Most commonly they produced the potted rose – a perfect miniature of the large shrub – with colours such as pink, orange, yellow and white.
Care tips for customers
- With the right care a potted rose can flower profusely for a long time. The plant prefers a light spot both indoors and outdoors, and cannot cope with drying out: the soil should always be slightly damp.
- Plant food or special rose food is recommended once every two to three weeks to keep it flowering profusely for a long time.
- Carefully remove exhausted flowers. Make sure that the buds are thereby not damaged.
- When the plant has finished flowering indoors, the potted rose can be pruned back to approx. five centimetres above the soil and be planted in a bed outdoors or be placed in a pot on the balcony or patio. The potted rose will then flower vigorously again as a garden rose after about two months.
- When used as a garden plant, the potted rose can be pruned in February down to 5 cm above the ground. The plant will then flower outdoors from May to October.