If a preschooler can plant this, so can I. In August, Nat's preschool had an excursion to Hort Park. The friendly staff, Uncle Bob, taught Nat and his schoolmates how to plant and we could bring a plant home. When Uncle Bob passed Nat the Japanese rose, I was thinking, oh no, is the plant going to die in my hands like the rosemary plant which I killed in 2 weeks. Furthermore these were just 2 saplings, not even a mature one like the rosemary.
Nat followed Uncle Bob's instructions very well, scooping and pouring the soil into the pot, use a chopstick to poke 2 holes into e soil and planting the 2 saplings carefully with my help. And then Uncle Bob's final instructions: leave the plant in the shade for 7 days then bring it out into the sun and water the plant till some water drips out of the pot's bottom but not too much so the water doesn't drown the roots. Nat and I kept repeating Uncle Bob's instructions for the next few days.
After 2 months of patient watering, waiting, some special flowering potion, some egg shells for fertilizer, some disappointments of withered buds, a flower finally bloomed yesterday! Nat was so happy and I was so happy too! Now we hope for more flowers! I just hope Nat's excitement and joy don't kill the flower as he keeps squeezing it with his fingers :p Uncle Bob wherever you are, thank you!
P.S. Anyone wants any saplings? This plant is super hardy and really suitable for botany noobs!