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What's happened to my miniature roses?

I was given a potted miniature rose back in June which I put on my balcony that receives direct sunlight in the afternoon and evening.  Here is what it looked like back in July.


4 months later and it is September.  This is what it looks like now.


All of the leaves have fallen off and the flowers have shrivelled up.

I live in the South of France.  I water it very liberally every other day when it's above 30C, and twice a week when it's under.  

Am I watering it too much - or too little?  I find it very hard to gauge exactly how much water it needs.  I heard that roses like direct sunlight so I think it's getting enough of that...

Any tips would be deeply appreciated.  


  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 22,599

    I live in SW France and the same thing happened to mine. Built in obsolescence maybe? I put my finger in the compost to find out how damp it is.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700

    Not sure the type of rose, but just watering twice a week on temperatures below 30c is not enough. If I had it in a pot that small, it would be watered every day. The pot on both photos looks quite small, and I think the type of rose you have there do not cope in the conditions you have put them out in. They are just the temporary display type of rose and not bred for longterm use for full sun.

    I think it would have been hard to maintain it to look like how you had it from the beginning. The leaves tell me they cannot take wind hot or cold types of wind. For now, cut all the dried stems off and water as suggested to see if it comes alive. Put somewhere in a bit of shade. At this time of year, quite hard to tell if it's dead or not, but if nothing next spring, it's unfortunately gone.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,942

    Edgaras - you're  a real pain in the edgaras


    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • The leaves grew back - when I neglected watering them for 5-6 days a couple of times in a row.  Seems they were getting too much water.  The temperature did dip to the lower-mid 20's when it happened.

    Last edited: 07 November 2017 19:15:44

  • Oh, and I did move them in a bit from the edge of the balcony, and to the side, so maybe Borderline they weren't responding well to the wind.


    Last edited: 07 November 2017 19:20:50

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