Growing Roses Indoors?
I picked up some Bayer fungicide yesterday and wanted to pick up a cheap annual and perennial that was of a decent size to fill in a small window extension in my kitchen. While looking most of the things I was interested in were little hibiscus's and whatnot......mostly around $7. Well while I was looking, I remembered all the gallon roses were getting cleared out for $10, so I figured I'd just try a rose instead....considering if I lost it, it wouldn't be such a large investment.
So while looking around for a leftover Veteran's Honor(which somebody grabbed), I ran across a Chrysler Imperial, Showbiz, etc., but being a big Austin fan, I saw a quite healthy Christopher Marlowe just sitting around. I put off CM in the past due to it's rather odd growing manner and small blooms in comparison to most other English roses, but it fit the bill of what I wanted. It is rather twiggy and compact in growth, very floriferous, very bright and lively blooms, and has fragrance.
Now the window cubicle is about 3.5ft tall, 3ft wide and 2.5ft deep(excluding size of pot CM is in) and gets enough sun. However, being in Ohio, how reasonable would it be to grow a rose indoors? If possible, would it be possible to keep CM growing and blooming throughout the winter as well?......something I'm totally unfamiliar with in Ohio, but I was curious if any southern or southern california growers would be familar with the topic. Granted the sunlight is cut down in the winter, but assuming there is enough light, could CM pull it off, or would it just be best off to set CM outside and let the rose go dormant instead. I was interested to hear what experiences people have had with the indoor growing during summer/winter and how well the roses do by comparison during "winter" in areas where the winter temps are in the 60s and the roses never go completly dormant.