FLOR Planting Instructions

For Love of Roses, LLC

Rose Planting Instructions


Congratulations! A shipment of high quality four month or older miniature and/or miniflora roses from For Love of Roses LLC is on its way to you. Keep in mind that your new roses are grown in our greenhouses which are covered with a 50% shade cloth from May until October. It is imperative that your roses NOT be planted immediately. Carefully remove each rose from the carton. Roses are either wrapped in Kraft paper with the roots and potting mix wrapped securely with a heavy duty commercial grade plastic wrap or shipped in their growing container which is covered with a plastic bag. Carefully remove the Kraft paper or plastic bag. If the root ball is wrapped with plastic wrap, punch 3 or 4 pencil size holes in the bottom of each plastic wrap. This will allow drainage if watering becomes necessary prior to planting the rose. All roses are lightly watered prior to packing for shipment so watering should not be an issue for three to five days after receipt predicated on the temperature where you reside and the time of the year the roses are received. Feel the potting mix with your fingers and only water if absolutely necessary. You can keep your roses in the plastic wrap for several weeks before planting if need be provided you water the rose(s) as necessary.

On occasion Powdery Mildew may show lightly on some varieties that are more prone to the fungal disease than other varieties. This is a result of temperature swings in transit. We recommend that you wipe the mildew off with a wet cloth or your fingers. Once you condition the roses you can begin your normal spray program.

A very large majority of rose loss is the direct result of either over watering or under watering and more often than not it is usually both. If you have to water, only use about one cup per plant at this time. Marginally shocking a rose once by not watering it for a few hours after it begins to show signs of wilting may prove beneficial but doing so repeatedly and then drowning the plant in water afterwards will surely lead to the demise of your fine rose; this we do not guarantee against. A little bit of TLC will go a long way toward insuring your rose(s) will prosper and provide you with many years of  enjoyment of our National flower.

After you have determined that your roses are either in need a light watering or no watering is necessary, place your roses in an area that is bright but completely out of direct sunlight. Your roses have experienced a mild shock during transit and keeping them out of direct sunlight for a short period of time will help condition them to your particular micro-climate. Keep them out of direct sunlight for 3 to 5 days checking daily to see if they need watering. Once you have conditioned your roses, gradually introduce them to direct sunlight over a 3 to 5 day time frame going from 2 or 4 hours of direct sunlight the first day and working up to an entire day of sun light on the last day. In our opinion, roses perform best when exposed to direct morning sunlight and sit in dappled shade from about 1 or 2 o’clock on in the afternoon. If this is not possible, choose a Southern or Eastern exposure in order that your roses will receive 4 to 6 hours of direct sun light each day. Afternoon sun is not your roses’ best friend (due to the suns angle) but if that is what your yard offers your roses can still thrive.

Planting your roses correctly is another area that will insure many years of success and rose enjoyment. Do not plant your roses during hours of bright sun light and high temperatures (90 degrees or higher) as this will only shock the rose(s). The ideal time to plant your rose bush is on a gray overcast day when rain is forecast either later for that day or the following morning. If this is not possible (you live in an area that does not receive much rain) then plant your roses an hour or two before dusk preferably not in the direct rays of the evening sun. By timing the planting you will help minimize the shock your rose(s) will receive. Roses are hardy but following our instructions will almost guarantee that your rose bush will thrive.

We recommend that all miniature and/or miniflora roses be grown in a container the first year. This is particularly important for those who live in areas that typically reach 100 plus degrees temperature in the summer. Containers between 3 to 7.5 gallons are ideal for the first year for own root roses. All of our 600 plus exhibition miniature and miniflora roses are container grown ranging from 3 gallons up to 20 gallons and more in size. For instruction for planting your miniature and miniflora roses in containers follow the instructions for planting the roses in the ground obviously skipping the digging of the hole. If you are new to roses and need additional help, we will gladly guide your through the steps. Give us a call at (330) 360–8510 any evening after 6:00 PM Central Time.

When the time is right to plant your rose in a bed, dig a substantial hole approximately 12” to 16” wide and 16” deep. Place about 3” or 4” of shredded hardwood mulch in the bottom of the hole; DO NOT use pine needles. Based on our experience and observation, the roots of your rose bush will seek out the mulch. On top of the wood mulch we recommend two choices; either a good mixture of 1/3 each of clay laden garden soil, leaf or mushroom compost and builders sand or a good potting mix such as Pro Mix BX or Miracle Grow potting soil. We further recommend that you check the pH of your potting mix as some products are more acidic than is preferred. You can add dolomite lime in order to correct the pH. Pro Mix BX and Miracle Grow potting mix tends to render pH readings very close to 7 which is contrary to what many exhibitors recommend but is what we prefer for all of our exhibition roses.

Fill the hole about ½ full with the mixed soil/potting mix and then place your new plant on top of the potting mix/soil. Check to see if the amount of soil/potting mix that was placed in the hole needs to be adjusted so that the soil line of the plant received will remain consistent with or slightly below in the new hole. Adjust as necessary and then add a 1½ cups of Mills Magic Rose Mix or comparable organic fertilizer spread evenly around the planting hole. Then lightly sprinkle a moderate amount of soil/potting mix over the fertilizer; just enough to lightly cover the fertilizer with a quarter of an inch of potting/soil mix. Next, remove your new plant from the container or unwrap the plastic wrap being careful not to disturb the root ball. Place one hand at the bottom of the root ball and the other hand at the top of the soil where the canes have emerged and gently place the plant in the center of the recently partially filled hole. Fill in the hole with soil/potting mix to about two inches above the soil line. Gently pat (DO NOT TAMP DOWN HARD) the soil/potting mix to lightly firm it at the top.

Next, you want to gently and preferably from a hose that has a bubbler attachment to a water wand, slowly water the newly planted rose. If you are more than an hour from sunset and the temperature is above 60°F, don’t be concerned about getting the leaves wet as they should dry sufficiently before sunset. If it is colder than 60°F or you have less than an ideal amount of time before the sun sets, then you do not want to get the leaves wet. If you do not have a water wand with a bubbler attachment you can use a garden hose without a nozzle attachment and very gently water in your new plant. We have found that watering works best if you do it three times a few minutes apart. All told you should be adding about or close to one gallon of water to the soil or potting mix. Chances are some settling will occur. Simply add additional soil/potting mix to bring it back up to or slightly above the soil line. Monitor the new rose(s) for the next few weeks watering as needed but being very careful not to over water your new roses.

As soon as you see bud eyes begin pushing out new growth, we recommend adding about one tablespoon of Bloomcoat or comparable timed release fertilizer around the drip line of your rose. We also recommend covering your rose beds with either hardwood mulch or better yet finely ground up oak leaves. We do not recommend adding mulch or leaves to the top of potted roses as it will make it difficult to visually observe when watering is required. Now that your new rose(s) have settled in and are growing well, go ahead and fertilize and spray them with pesticides as you would any other rose in your garden. Remember to always water prior to fertilizing and/or spraying your roses.

We hope that you have found our instructions informative. We have found over the years that these planting instructions work for us in our exhibition containers/garden.



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FLOR Top 25 Miniature & Miniflora Roses 2018

FLOR Top 25 Exhibition Roses


Top 25


Bees Knees

Best of 04

Bob Martin

Breath of Spring

Chessie’s Favorite

Daddy Frank

Dr Tommy Cairns


Dream Catcher


Emma Grace


Heather Sproul

Hugs & Kisses


Magic Show

Memphis King



Olivia Rose


Soroptimist International

Sweet Mallie

The Lighthouse


Top 25

Abby’s Angel

Butter Cream

Brenna Bosch


Dr John Dickman

First Choice

Fitzhugh’s Diamond

Foolish Pleasure

Gift of Love

Julie Hearne

Lady E’Owyn


Miss Mabel


Princess Kaitlyn

Queen of Hope

Sandy’s Pick

Seattle Sunrise

Shawn Sease

Shirley Raye

Swing Time

Tiffany Lynn


Vernon’s Laugh


Hybridizing………….From an Exhibitor’s Perspective

Hybridizing from an exhibitor’s perspective involves several different considerations all rolled into one. It is called a plan. Often the very best exhibitors have a plan when exhibiting at a District or a National rose show and the same applies to hybridizing our National Flower. Three very important things should happen prior to formulating a game plan. The first is that prospective hybridizers should consider joining the Rose Hybridizers Association and also read as much about rose hybridizing as they can find. Continue reading “Hybridizing………….From an Exhibitor’s Perspective”

For Love of Roses Quarterly

This past January 2015 we published our first quarterly E-Newsletter. Readers have been extremely positive with their comments. Send us an email with your name and email address to info@forloveofroses.com and we will send you our E-Newsletter which was named For Love of Roses Quarterly. Each issue is packed full of rose information intended to help you grow, maintain and/or exhibit better roses.

Are You Ready To Exhibit?……It All Begins with Planning

By:  Richard J. Anthony

It shouldn’t matter whether you are a novice or a seasoned exhibitor as it all begins with planning as we head closer to the official first day of Spring. When you notice a daffodil pushing up and the forsythia are not too far behind, your thoughts might want to turn towards an honest evaluation; how well did you do last year at the rose shows. Where do you want to be when compared to how well you actually did last year and obviously what are you willing to do in order to become a better exhibitor. Are you trying to become the best exhibitor in the area or are you going to exhibit for the first time? Or, does the question lie somewhere in between? Once you have honestly considered where you are in relation to where you want to be, forming a game plan is the next logical step.

Your well thought out game plan should take you to where you want to go. It should include the necessary steps that will take you to the next level whether you will be exhibiting for the very first time or if you are on the verge of becoming a serious national exhibitor. Improvement is the name of the game and the way to accomplish that objective is to have a game plan. Your favorite sports team does it so why not you?

Assuming you have rose beds with amended soil that will grow good roses, the first item on your game plan agenda should be roses. In business, top performers typically incorporate a philosophy of up or out. It is no different with roses. Yes, you can have an old favorite or two that may never win a blue ribbon but a garden full of them will do you no good come rose show day. Take a look at ARS publications that discuss winning roses for the past five and ten year periods. Subscribe to Horizon Roses; a must have publication dedicated towards an honest evaluation of new roses by a team of over 80 top exhibitors from all over the continental US. Ask the best exhibitors in your area what wins. Once you have done this, it will not become too difficult a task to compare your roses to what wins and begin the process of weeding out or shovel pruning as exhibitors tend to refer to culling a rose. To have all roses that have the potential to win Queen can take some time depending on how many roses you have. If your garden is small it can happen all at once or if you have a sizable garden it may take a few years to accomplish; the point is that if you want to win you must have winning roses.

In addition to having roses in your garden that are proven winners, having a mentor will help you immensely to accomplish your objectives. It doesn’t matter if your objective is to become the best exhibitor there is or if you want to win your first blue ribbon; a mentor will reduce the time it takes for you to succeed and show you how to have more fun in the process. Your mentor will be there for you; to answer your questions and help you along the way. He or she will also help you to avoid a lot of the mistakes most of us have made before or at least eliminate and/or reduce the total number. It is fairly common knowledge that it takes about six years of serious exhibiting to be able to compete at the national level. It is almost as difficult to win that first blue ribbon at a local rose show without some assistance from a friend or mentor. Your helping hand can be the best local exhibitor or an exhibitor who has fared well at district and national rose shows. Ideally this individual will live within close proximity. Living reasonably close to each other will allow your mentor to visit your garden so they might see firsthand how you are doing as opposed to relying on your description of how your roses are coming along. I refer to this as “interpretative gardening”. All of us have had at one time or another the “looks like’ conversation which doesn’t always produce the absolute best results. While living close to each other is ideal, it is better to have a mentor who is some distance away than to have none at all.

Another very much overlooked aspect about exhibiting is clerking. If you clerk not only will you gain a better understanding of why a rose wins but you will also gain an insightful appreciation for what judges look for when evaluating a winning rose just by paying attention to what they say to each other. Most local rose shows will welcome newcomers and serious exhibitors alike as clerks. We typically request to clerk at district and national rose shows. This is done primarily for two very important reasons. When you clerk with a team of top judges, you are going to gain some knowledge that you did not possess beforehand. The other important aspect is that your expenses associated with the rose show may be tax deductible. Another perhaps more important benefit is that more often than not you are going to have fun; especially when you know the judges on your team. Bear in mind that for the most part, clerks are there to assist the judges but should be seen and not heard and stay in the background.

One last suggestion about your planning endeavor is to read anything and everything you can about growing and exhibiting roses. Bob Martin’s book “Showing Good Roses” will help the novice as well as the seasoned exhibitor improve their chance of winning at rose shows. Horizon Roses will help all exhibitors select new roses for their garden that have the potential to win. It is also important to review the results of past rose shows from around the country at www.roseshow.com and to see what is and has been winning in your local area. You might be surprised in light of the guidelines for judging roses to find out that some areas or districts have preferences or perhaps it is nothing more than certain roses just happen to do better in some areas of the country. It is better to know up front that a white rose has won queen of Show 4 out of the past 5 years before you enter 4 pink blend roses for queen and use your white roses in challenge classes. Or you might want to consider doing what I frequently do when I venture into a new area. I will take roses that typically have not appeared as winners believing that a new rose has an added benefit in the judge’s eye.

Last but not least regarding your game plan should be to purchase a copy of the ARS publication “Guideline for Judging Roses”. The more an exhibitor understands about what a judge looks for and how a rose is judged, the better you will become at exhibiting at rose shows. Read, experiment, talk to your mentor but most of all have fun exhibiting.