Miniature roses are easier to grow indoors than their larger counterparts. Grown in pots or hanging baskets, these beautiful flowers fill the surrounding area with their aroma and also look beautiful, enhancing the appeal of any room they're placed in.
With some work and dedication, you can grow your own small roses, enjoying the fresh colorful flowers spruce up your indoor space.
Before you begin, you need to decide on the size of the roses, because they range from 5 inches to 4 feet. As a general rule, select the smallest size since they grow easier indoors.
Step 1 – Plant Your Roses
Choose a 4- to 8-inch pot with drainage holes before planting your roses, since the pots they come in are too small. Put a layer of peat based soil into your pot and plant your miniature roses into it. Peat based soil works well, since it doesn't contain water crystals that hold moisture longer than the roses need.
Set your pot on a tray of pebbles and fill the tray with water. The water in the tray will evaporate, providing the necessary humidity your roses need. Avoid placing your roses in a saucer, which will capture water and keep the bottom wet, providing more moisture than your plants need.
Step 2 – Water and Fertilize Frequently
Water your roses every day, or every other day if the soil in the pot still feels moist after putting your finger into it. You can keep them relatively dry between watering once they stop blooming.
Feed your plant water-soluble fertilizer every month to keep it healthy and encourage good growth.
Step 3 – Provide Necessary Light
Place your pot near a southern facing window in a well-ventilated area so it receives maximum sunlight for at least 6 to 8 hours, or more. Roses need moderate heat to thrive. You can supplement lighting by placing a grow light or fluorescent lights right above your roses and keeping them on most of the day. Remember, roses need a lot of sunlight to grow, and need to be kept away from cold winds.
Step 4 – Pest Care
Proper circulation is essential for your mini roses to prevent pests like aphids, spider mites and mildew. Spraying a solution of soap and water on your roses twice a week will prevent dust from settling on your roses and the emergence of pests. Using a soft cloth, wipe off any dust. Too much dust can cause suffocation.
Step 5 – Dormant Period
Indoor roses that have bloomed in the summer need a rest or dormant period to bloom again. This is achieved by keeping them outdoors in a sheltered area for 8 weeks. Prune the top 3 inches and re-pot the soil after the rest period, and bring them back indoors.