Why Not Miniature Rose was introduced by Ralph Moore in 1984. Why Not makes one of the most impressive displays when it blooms in the spring. The bushes are covered with single 1 to 1 1/2 inch roses with outer edges that are a vivid reddish-orange with a striking yellow center. It is one of our favorite roses.
Why Not makes miniature rose hips after blooming. Rose hips are high in Vitamin C and make a tart, tangy tea.
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.