Miniature Roses: The Perfect Garden Accessory

Brilliant, pink miniature roses against a blue sky.

There are many wonderful roses out there, but miniature rose are among the most beautiful and stunning of all rose varieties. Miniature roses are available in virtually all the colors of their larger cousins, in a compact and lovely package that is perfect for indoor or outdoor use.

Many gardeners also like the fact that miniature roses can be quite a bit easier to work with than larger roses, with many varieties requiring little more than regular watering.

TIP: Our expert gardening advisor, Karen Thurber adds, "Fertilize miniature roses after their first flush of growth, then every three week until the end of summer."

Indoor Miniature Rose Care

It is important to keep in mind that the word miniature is relative when it comes to miniature roses. While some varieties of miniature roses are indeed great houseplants, other varieties will grow to as high as 4 feet in height. Micro mini roses, on the other hand, grow only about 5 inches tall, and are quite easy to care for and maintain.

Like all roses, miniature roses love the sun, and they should be placed in the sunniest window you can find. Be on the lookout for signs that the roses may need additional supplemental lighting. If the roses appear to stretch out, and you begin to see wide gaps in between the leaves, it may be time to give them some additional light.

TIP: Karen suggests, "Remove the old flowers from your miniature rose to encourage continual flowering."

Proper watering is the key to success with virtually any type of houseplant. In the case of micro mini roses, it is important to give them a thorough watering whenever the soil appears dry. It is also a good idea to rinse the plants occasionally, gently spraying the tops and the undersides of the foliage. This spraying will help to reduce dust and keep your roses looking their best.

The size of the pot you choose for your miniature roses is an important consideration as well. The pot should be properly sized for the roses--neither too small nor too large. If the pot is too small, the roses will be cramped and may not grow properly. If the pot is too big, the roses will easily be over watered.

Outdoor Miniature Rose Care

Of course not all miniature roses will be grown as houseplants, and these tiny roses make wonderful plants for the outdoor garden as well. When planted outdoors, most varieties of miniature roses bloom from the spring months all the way until winter arrives. These roses can even survive the winter if they are covered with a good layer of protective mulch.

Miniature roses can be planted directly in the ground, in a hanging basket or in an 8 or 10 inch pot. When choosing a planting location, make sure that the location gets plenty of sunlight. Be sure that the area is not shaded by trees or anything else that would cast a shadow. Roses, no matter what their size, love the sun.

When planting your roses directly in the ground, begin by digging a hole about a foot in diameter. After the hole has been prepared, take the rose out of its pot. Place the roots gently in the hole, and refill the hole with loose soil until the roses are level with the ground.

After the roses have been planted, they should be thoroughly watered, and watered faithfully going forward. It is essential that the soil not be allowed to dry out, especially during the first couple of weeks after planting. Keep the soil moist but not soaked. The soil should be regularly checked, and thoroughly watered when dry.

TIP: Karen advises, "Two common pests of roses are spider mites and aphids. Spider mites usually appear on the bottom of the leaves, while aphid are frequently found on new growth. Treatment options vary. Two pesticides that are commonly labeled for these insects are horticultural oil and insecticidal soap. For a pesticide free option, try spraying off with a hard stream of water. This will not eliminate them but will help keep their numbers in check".