Growing & using My Valentine Miniature Rose
My Valentine Miniature Rose, introduced in 1975, is still one of the classiest deep red miniature roses. The bush can reach three feet tall and will be covered with perfectly formed rose buds in late spring. My Valentine looks great planted against the deep green of Rosemary.
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.
My Valentine Miniature Rose would make an excellent addition to our Crafter’s Herb Garden Six Pack.
Choosing and Caring for Organic Roses