Tom Thumb is a teenie, tiny miniature rose. Tom Thumb is the perfect micro mini rose for a container
because it stays small. Bred in the Netherlands in 1935 and introduced in the United States in
1936, Tom Thumb is one of our oldest roses. Indeed many miniature roses have Tom Thumb in their lineage. Lucky for us, Tom Thumb remains commercially
available to grace the pots on our patios.
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.
Tom Thumb Miniature Rose would make an
excellent addition to our
Small Space Herb Garden Six Pack.