Care of Miniature Roses
Miniature Roses Make Big Impact
Indoors or out, miniature
roses are very easy to grow. Although these
little guys have often been frowned upon because they give off
little or no fragrance, that isn't always the case. They're the
perfect accent to any home or garden. Miniature roses are
practically maintenance-free. Just give them a "bath" once a
week and they'll last forever.
Common Miniature Roses
There's a common misconception about miniature roses. When
people hear the term "miniature," they think
small and assume these roses will
make a perfect houseplant.
Prior to moving your roses indoors, consider that miniature
roses can grow up to four feet in
height and will need ample lighting.
Miniature Rose House
The micro-mini roses however, only grow to
approximately five inches in height and are just as easy
to maintain. If you're still determined to keep your
miniature roses indoors, there are several tips that will
make caring for your roses a simple task.
First: Place your plant in direct sunlight.
These flowers flourish in the sunniest windows of your home. If
the stems of your miniature roses appear to stretch out,
leaving wide gaps between the leaves, your rose is not getting
enough light. You should either move the plant to a new
location or provide supplemental light.
Second: Make sure to bathe your plant on a
weekly basis. Spraying your plant will reduce the risk of a
spider-mite attack. Gently mist the top and underside of the
leaves. The spray will remove dust.
Third: Make sure that your plant looks
comfortable in its pot. If the pot is too small, the plant will
be cramped. If the pot is too large, your roses will be
reluctant to grow.
Outdoor Miniature Rose
Outdoors, most miniature roses bloom from spring
until the winter season. If you cover your plant with
mulch, it will have a good chance of surviving frost and the
coldest winters. You can plant your roses directly into the
ground, a hanging basket, or in an 8 - 10 inch pot. Make sure
your plant isn't shaded by large trees or anything that will
cast a shadow. These little plants love direct sunlight.
If you choose to plant your roses directly into the ground,
dig a good hole about one foot in depth and width. Take your
rose out of its pot and gently untangle any loose roots. Place
the roots down into the hole. Take loose soil and refill the
hole so that your miniature roses are planted levelly. Water
your plant thoroughly. These same rules apply to potting your
Don't let the soil dry out. The first three weeks are
crucial to any plant's health. Water your new plant every day
for three weeks. These roses do enjoy their water! However,
after the three-week period is over, your goal is to keep your
soil moist. Check the soil on a daily basis. If it feels dry,
give your plant a little water.
Miniature roses will look great in your living room or along
the edges of your flower beds or anywhere your home needs a
little burst of color.