A rose hip, the fruit of a rose flower, packs more vitamin C than citrus fruit! However, between Valentine’s day and the first summer’s bloom, you may forget about the graceful rose. More than 300 species of rose exist, and only one is comfortable making a home inside – Rosa chinensis, a dwarf species from China. Although indoor roses are somewhat high maintenance to keep long-term, they will repay you abundantly. This is how and why to keep the rose in your life year round.
Care for Roses
Roses should be pampered and gently coaxed as you might with an outdoor plant moving inside. They require seasonal graduations in temperature, watering, and light. When a rose is in bloom it requires full sun, ideally 14-16 hours (if blooming in winter, supplement with artificial light). Humidity and warmth are needed to encourage blooms to pop, as well frequent watering and fertilising. Keep the root ball moisture levels fairly consistent – with the typical 6” pot you find in the supermarkets, don’t let any more than the top half-inch of soil to dry out.
In order to get blooms another year, we need to put the plant to bed for about 2 months. During the dormant phase, the rose needs cooler temperatures, around 7 degrees, and they prefer to all but dry out. They are also unaffected by less light at this time.
Roses Care for You
Queen of flowers reins the Rose in traditional medicine. Long before a dozen long stem roses was deemed the epitome of romance, the flower was considered good for the heart. Rose blooms are apparently an aphrodisiac and nourishing for both male and female reproductive organs. The rose is not only beautiful, its beauty-enhancing. Rose oil is often used in quality skin care lines because it’s excellent for calming, cooling and hydrating sensitive skin.
The red petals are antiseptic, antibacterial and antiviral, which is lucky given possibility of thorn-punctured skin. Tea made with rose petals is considered good for menstrual cramps and diarrhea. The scent of rose is calming to the nervous system.
Invite this flower into your life and make every day Valentines Day!