Baby Austin is a sometimes referred to as a
micro-mini rose because its pale pink petals and leaves are tiny. Each
bud is the size of a dime that opens to a nickel size rose. The plant
grows to about a foot and half tall. It is a prolific bloomer and quite
a show stopper. Because of its diminutive size, it makes a good choice
for container growing. Start by placing our three-inch pot into a
container that will hold about a gallon of potting soil. Potting soil
should have a coarse texture and have organic granular fertilizer mixed
in before planting. Check the container each year to
make sure the rose is not root bound. If it has filled up the container with
roots, transplant to a gallon size larger container.
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. We prune out dead canes whenever we notice them and shape the
plant to the height and width we want in fall. 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. Sample buds should be
pulled apart and inspected for insects before using on food.