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. 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.
Baby Austin would make a great addition to our
Small Space Herb Garden Six Pack.