Growing & using Don Marshall Miniature Rose
Don Marshall Miniature Rose was introduced in 1985 by Ralph Moore. This rose tops out at about two feet in height which is a nice manageable size, especially in smaller gardens. It has multiple buds per stem and we have found it be disease resistant. It is the color of Don Marshall that makes this such an important rose. The photo does not do the color justice. It reminds us of a dark maroon velvet.
Like all roses, miniature roses are sun loving and fairly drought resistant. Plant in well drained soil and fertilize with an organic fertilizer in the spring. Dead canes can be pruned anytime but most pruning occurs in the fall when we shape the plant to the desirable height and width. All rose petals are edible, if grown organically, and make attractive garnishes for salads. They can be added after cooking to almost any dish. Whole buds can be used to decorate cakes or other confections. Before using any flower in food, a sample flower should be pulled apart and inspected for insects.
Don Marshall Miniature Rose would make an excellent addition to our Crafter’s Herb Garden Six Pack and to our Edible Flower Herb Garden Six Pack.
Choosing and Caring for Organic Roses