Torch of Liberty Miniature Rose was introduced by Ralph Moore in 1985. The cantaloupe orange flower petals are washed with cream on the back side and at the center. It can grow to a height of two feet and can get equally as wide. The flowers come and go throughout the growing season an are usually in clusters of six or so. The informal hedge below is about three years old and is six plants. The taller rose in the background is Why Not Miniature Rose.
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.
Torch of Liberty Miniature Rose has perfectly shaped buds that are ideal for drying or using in fresh crafts like our fresh Herbal Wreath. It would make an excellent addition to our Crafter’s Herb Garden Six Pack.
Occasionally this plant is available in plug trays. These trays hold 128 of all the same plant. They are a great low cost way to fill a lot of space. Each cell is 3/4 of inch by an inch. Check here to see if Torch of Liberty Miniature Rose Plug Trays are available.