Mini roses care indoor

I received a miniature rose for Valentine’s Day. How do I care for it?

Miniature roses need direct sun. In the home, place the miniature rose in a south or west facing window. Rotate plants once or twice a week to promote even growth.

Miniature roses also require a consistent moisture supply. When the soil surface becomes dry to the touch, water the plant until water flows out the bottom of the container. Discard the excess water. Fertilize the miniature rose (once or twice a month) with a dilute fertilizer solution.

Miniature roses prefer daytime temperatures around 70 degrees Fahrenheit and a minimum nighttime temperature of 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep the plant away from cold drafts or heat sources.

To promote new growth and additional blooms, remove flowers as they fade. Cut off the stem just above the uppermost five-leaflet leaf. Also, remove any yellow leaves or dead growth.

Finally, periodically inspect the miniature rose for pests. Roses often have problems with spider mites when grown indoors. Discolored leaves and fine webbing are signs that spider mites may be present. Control spider mites by spraying plants with insecticidal soap. Several applications may be necessary to completely control spider mites.

In May, the miniature rose can be placed outside. Harden or acclimate the plant to outdoor conditions by initially placing the plant in a shady location. Then gradually expose it to longer periods of sunlight. After the miniature rose has been acclimated outdoors for several days, place the potted plant on a sunny patio or deck. The miniature rose can also be planted outdoors in the garden. While miniature roses are small, they’re actually more cold hardy than hybrid tea roses. Select a sunny site with fertile, well-drained soil.

Our top tips on how to care for an indoor rose plant!

Rose plants are a beautiful addition to any home and can last for a very long time if you care for them properly. Sometimes we aren’t quite sure on the best way to look after our plants so we are here to help! Simply follow our care tips to make the most out of your rose plant!


Rose plants won’t bloom if they don’t get enough sunshine. Ensure your plant gets several hours of sunshine each day.

Flowering roses are thirsty, and they dry out quickly in containers. Stick your finger in the soil to check for dryness every day or two, especially if you’re growing miniature roses outdoors.

Remove dead blooms

In order to keep the plant looking its best remove dying flowers as soon as they fade. Do not pluck them off with your hands as this can tear and damage the stem. Use sharp pruners and trim them at a 45° angle.

Pruning miniature roses

If your plant is new it will not need pruning but as they get older it is important to remove any dead branches or flowers. In the Autumn after the plant has flowered don’t be afraid to trim it generously. Yearly pruning will promote vigorous growth as well as keeping the flowers healthy. When pruning use clean shears and always cut at a 45° angle, 1/4-inch above a leaf axil.

Repot year-old roses

Do you think your plant is overgrowing its pot? Tease apart roots with your fingers, removing as much of the original soil as possible and replant in a suitably sized pot drainage holes. Repot in fall, after the flowering season is over.

In Winter

Roses go dormant in winter and will drop their leaves. Giving roses a rest period in winter will prolong the life and health of the plants. Keep them cool during this time.

Yellow leaves

Yellow leaves that drop off can be a symptom of a few things. Lack of sunlight, dry soil, and dry air will cause roses to shed their leaves. Resuming good care of miniature roses will help them recover.

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Growing roses indoors is a fun way to enjoy this popular plant all year long, no matter what the weather is like outside. Rose enthusiasts, known as rosarians, are finding new ways to bring their favorite colorful flowers into the home. Winter is the perfect time to start your indoor rose garden because plants are dormant and bare root plants are available everywhere. If you’re interested in bringing these beautiful blooms into your home this winter, read on for some tips for getting started.
Choosing the Right Rose Varieties
Traditionally, rosarians have turned to miniature roses for indoor use. Today however, almost any rose variety can thrive inside, as long as it is suited to the conditions you can provide. Most rose plants can be grown in a sunny corner or window area but several species work well with artificial light. Miniature roses require the highest amount of light, so choose these only if you have lots of sunshine or grow lights. Otherwise, select a species that can thrive in partial shade. If you can provide some form of trellis, climbing varieties can make a dramatic indoor presentation. Miniature climbing species can be grouped together in larger containers for a tapestry of living color.
Getting Started with Indoor Roses
Plant your indoor rose garden in January or February, when plants are dormant. Select a deep container approximately as wide as the plant’s canopy will be and that provides good drainage. Use a soil mix that contains the nutrients and drainage material appropriate for the species you have selected. Most potting soil mixes will work as long as they have a neutral pH, but some experts prefer to use a peat soil for its drainage. If you use regular potting soil, add in about one third the volume of perlite or vermiculite to ensure good soil porosity. South-facing light is best but you can locate your plants anywhere in the house that provides six to eight hours a day of sunlight and plenty of air circulation. Unless your home normally has a high level of humidity, place the pot in a tray of pebbles. This will provide the recommended humidity level for healthy growth. Ideal temperatures at night should not drop below the mid-60s, with stay in the 70s during the day.
Keeping Indoor Roses Healthy
Water your roses daily or every other day, depending on how much your soil holds water, and always keep a small amount of water in the pot’s drip tray. Fertilize monthly with a water-soluble variety designed for use with roses. Use pruning shears or sharp scissors to remove blooms as soon as they fade, to keep new flowers coming. Prune any dead branches and those that intersect others. Repot your indoor roses once a year to renew soil nutrients. If you notice yellow leaves, this typically indicates a lack of sunlight, humidity or insufficient watering.
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Growing Miniature Roses Indoors

If you live in an apartment but you pine for old-fashioned roses, never fear: you can grow mini roses indoors. These diminutive plants range from six to 12 inches and sport fully-formed tea-rose style flowers. With a little TLC and some know-how, you can grow mini roses indoors.

About Miniature Roses

Miniature roses have graced the gardens of Europe since sometime in the 18th century. The exact date of discovery or hybridization of these treasures isn’t known, but sometime in the 18th and 19th centuries, miniature rose types entered into books on roses. Today, there are dozens of varieties to choose from.

Colors for miniature roses range from pure white to deep red, with many shades in between. The buds are perfectly formed miniatures resembling hybrid teas, but the plants themselves are most likely descended from floribunda roses.

Miniature roses aren’t true house plants. They should be grown outdoors if at all possible. If you do choose to grow them indoors, they require supplemental plant lights for full-spectrum light that mimics sunshine. You’ll need to carefully create the growing conditions they crave.

How to Grow Mini Roses Indoors

Like their full-sized counterparts, miniature roses need full sunlight. Inside your home, a bright south-facing window is essential to provide them with adequate light.

During the fall and winter months, you will probably need to add supplemental lighting to keep plants healthy. A full-spectrum light or a grow-light is necessary to produce light waves in the red, blue and green color spectrum that roses need for photosynthesis.

Not only is a full spectrum light essential, but the light must be within a specific intensity range to grow healthy plants. The American Rose Society recommends growing miniature roses with lights in the range of 1,400 to 1,500 foot candles (f.c.), a measure of light intensity.

Miniature rose plants need constant temperatures indoors. Night temperatures should be in the 60s, with daytime temperatures in the mid 70s. Avoid drafts or big temperature fluctuations. Don’t keep miniature roses near windowsills, radiators, or air conditioning vents.

Most roses like fertile, evenly moist soil. Humidity is also important. A fine spray of water given to rose plants once a day helps keep the humidity within the 50 to 55 percent they crave. The finer the mist, the better the coverage.

Fertilize your indoor miniature rose plants with a balanced, slow release 14-14-14 fertilizer according to the package directions.

Pests and Diseases

Indoor miniature roses tend to attract spider mites. Spider mites can be detected from the fine network of webs the mites spin along the stems and leaves. Leaves turn yellow, curl and die, leaving a skeletal plant. Starting with healthy, disease-free plants from a good nursery is essential to keeping your plants pest-free. If you bring home a new plant, isolate it until you’re sure it isn’t harboring any unwanted pests.

Spider mites can be treated with Mavrik, a pesticide recommended by the Rose Society. Follow package directions closely when using any pesticide. An organic approach to spider mite control is to simply use a spray of water from your kitchen faucet directed at the webs to wash spider mites away and break up their webs. This knocks them off the plants and prevents reinfection.

Aphids also love miniature roses. Aphids can be treated the same way as spider mites on miniature roses.

Black spot and powdery mildew can also affect indoor roses. Black spot is characterized by leaf cankers that begins as discolorations. A dot of yellow or brown appears on the leaf, growing larger with each day. The leaf eventually turns yellow and falls off. Black spot and powdery mildew must be treated with a commercial fungicide. Don’t use it indoors, but treat plants outside, wearing protecting gloves, and following label directions to the letter. Good air circulation and regulating your watering and humidity around the plants can prevent black spot and powdery mildew to some extent.

Some miniature rose growers report a condition called leaf curl. The leaves turn brown and crispy around the edges, eventually curling and falling off the plant. This usually indicates a problem with humidity rather than an insect or a disease on the plant itself. If you notice your mini rose losing its leaves, trying increasing the humidity near the plant.

Flowers and Dormancy

At some point, your miniature rose needs to rest in between flowering. Most miniature roses go dormant in the winter months, mimicking their natural outdoor cycle. You can extend the bloom time by dead-heading the miniature rose or snipping spent flowers off before they die back completely.

Miniature roses aren’t an easy plant to grow indoors, but they can indeed be grown as house plants. Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day are two opportunities to find inexpensive miniature rose plants at your local nursery and garden center or other stores. You can grow them as house plants inside during the winter, and add them as border plants or to your rose garden outside when all danger of frost is past. Some people dig them up again in the fall before the frost, repot them, and bring them indoors. It’s a great way to enjoy your miniature roses year-round and to keep them healthy and happy.

Growing Roses as Houseplants

This charming Rose was specially bred to produce long-lasting flowers and abundant, glossy green leaves. It may be grown year-round as a houseplant or planted outside in Zones 6-10.

GROWING IN A CONTAINER: To grow your Rose indoors as a houseplant, choose an area that receives full sun (at least 6 hours of direct sun each day). A location in a sunny window where the daytime temperature does not go over 75°F and the nightime temperature is above 40°F is ideal.

Watering: When the potting mix feels dry 1 inch below the surface, water thoroughly. Don’t let the soil mix dry out completely.

Fertilizing: During fall and winter, fertilize once a month with a balanced houseplant fertilizer (such as 20-20-20). In spring and summer when your Rose is in active growth, fertilize every two weeks.

Moving outdoors: If you would like to move your Rose outdoors for the summer, wait until the danger of frost has passed in spring, then gradually acclimate your plant to conditions outside over a week’s time. Set the pot outdoors in a sheltered, lightly shaded spot, increasing the exposure to sun and wind each day. Check the moisture of the potting mix and water thoroughly if it’s dry. Once acclimated, keep your plant in full sun for the summer, and bring it back inside before frost in fall if you live in an area that is colder than Zone 6 (-10°F).

Repotting: When the roots of your Rose have become crowded, transplant it into a larger pot. Choose a pot that is 1-2 inches wider in diameter, with a drainage hole in the bottom. Use a fast-draining potting mix, and begin by filling the container about half-full of moistened mix. Remove the plant from the pot by grasping the rim, turning the pot upside down, and tapping it against the heel of your hand. Gently break up the sides of the root ball with your thumbs and tease apart any roots that are circling at the bottom. Then set the root ball on top of the mix and adjust the amount of mix in the container so that the top of the root ball will be about 1 inch below the rim. Fill in around the root ball with potting mix to bring the level to about 1 inch below the rim, and firm lightly. Finally, water thoroughly.

GROWING IN THE GROUND: Gardeners in Zones 6-10 (-10-30°F) can grow this Rose outdoors year-round. Before planting outside in the spring, give your plant a gradual introduction to direct sun and stiff breezes. Set the pot in a sheltered, lightly shaded spot, increasing the exposure to sun and wind each day. Check the potting mix and water thoroughly if it’s dry 1 inch below the surface. At the end of a week, your plant will be ready to go into the ground.

Planting: Dig a hole just slightly larger than the pot but no deeper than the pot. Discard half of the soil dug from the hole and replace it with at least as much organic matter — such as compost, aged manure, or leafmold — and mix this into the remaining soil. Remove the plant from the pot by grasping the rim, turning the pot upside down, and tapping it against the heel of your hand. If the plant is root-bound (the root ball matted with roots to the point that they all but obscure the potting mix), gently break up the sides of the ball with your thumbs and tease apart roots that are circling at the bottom. Set the root ball in the hole so that the top of the ball is level with the surface of the soil. Then push the mix of soil and organic matter back into the hole, firm the soil, and give the plant a thorough soaking to settle the soil.

Moisture needs: Newly planted Roses need the equivalent of 1 inch of water per week throughout their first growing season. If water doesn’t fall from the sky, you must supply it. A generous layer of organic mulch (compost or composted manure is best) helps keep the soil evenly moist.

Fertilizing: Most Roses grow more vigorously, bloom more prolifically, and show greater resistance to diseases if fertilized several times during the growing season — in early spring, and then monthly, ending in mid-August. (Southern and western gardeners may wish to fertilize more frequently — fertilizing monthly from early spring until June, pausing during the heat of summer, and fertilizing again in August and September to close out the season.) We prefer natural fertilizers such as fish emulsion or seaweed extract, applied in solution, because they release their nutrients more slowly and evenly than “chemical” fertilizers do.

About pests and diseases: If planted and grown as we suggest, your Rose will be healthy, and healthy plants are much less troubled than plants under stress. Even if a healthy plant does suffer at the hands of a pest or disease, it will likely endure and recover without intervention on the part of the gardener.

Some roses are prone to fungus in hot, humid areas. Cleaning up old foliage and cutting back affected canes is important for disease control. Spraying the leaves with a copper-based fungicide can help once symptoms appear (follow the manufacturer’s instructions).

Pruning: We recommend removing the spent flowers to promote more bloom. Do not prune Roses back in fall; wait until spring to prune branches injured over winter.

Martha Stewart: Enjoy mini roses indoors, then plant them outside

Dear Martha: I love the miniature rose plants florists sell, but I haven’t had much luck growing them in my home. What am I doing wrong?

Answer: Though these roses are sold as houseplants in winter, they are outdoor plants at heart. Enjoy them indoors until spring, when they can be planted outside. Miniature roses are hardy to Zone 6 and up (and down to Zone 4 with protection), but require strong sunlight. Place them in a south-facing window, away from vents and radiators. If your plant came in a small container, repot it in a 6-inch one to give it breathing room and enable it to take in more water.

Most homes are very dry in the winter, which is inhospitable to houseplants, and can cause miniature roses to decline quickly. Set the pots in a humidity tray or other shallow vessel, filled with pebbles and a small amount of water. (The base of the pot should not sit in water.) If you’ve repotted your plant and are using a humidity tray, you should need to water it only once a week. But pay close attention to the soil — it should never be soggy or powder-dry. If it feels moist, hold off watering for a few days.

Too much heat or water or too little light puts stress on the plant and can make it prone to common rose pests and diseases, including aphids, spider mites, powdery mildew and black spot — even indoors.

For aphids and mites, the best solution is to give the plant a little shower in the kitchen sink once a week. Hold the pot sideways (with your fingers over the soil), and rinse the leaves and stems.

To stave off powdery mildew and black spot, remove affected leaves, as well as fallen leaves, stems and petals, to prevent the spread of fungi, instead of treating the plant with chemical formulas. Keep your plant vigorous by pruning dead blooms and fertilizing with a balanced formula at half-strength every week. On days when the temperature is 40 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, move the plants to a sunny spot outside for three hours to five hours. This provides air circulation.

When the danger of frost has passed, plant the roses outdoors. Make sure they receive plenty of sun, rich soil and water, and mulch them well when next winter comes. You won’t be able to bring them indoors again — they will need a dormant season — but with proper care they will live happily in your garden for many years to come.

Dear Martha:How should I store fabric?

Answer: First, be certain that the cloth is clean before storing it. This is particularly important when it comes to vintage textiles or those that have been handled a lot. Cosmetics, lotions and skin oils are all easily transferred to fabric. Though they may appear invisible, they can cause staining and deterioration over time.

The ideal way to store fabric is to wrap it around cardboard tubes that have been covered with acid-free tissue paper or muslin. Find the tubes at fabric stores (you might also ask an employee for a few empty ones), or save those that come with wrapping paper. Wrap another layer of tissue paper or muslin around the top of the cloth.

Folding fabric and placing it in acid-free boxes is another option, but keep in mind that this will create creases that will have to be ironed later. Tape swatches to rolls or boxes so you can find what you’re looking for easily; this will also prevent you from soiling material when you’re looking for something.

Never keep fabric in plastic bags or containers, as these trap moisture, which can break down fibers and cause mold to grow. And do not let cloth come in direct contact with wooden shelves. The acidic gases released from wood can lead to yellowing or brittleness in textiles.

It’s important to choose a ventilated spot with a consistent temperature, such as a closet or spare room, for your fabric. Avoid the attic, basement and garage, where extreme temperatures and humidity — not to mention dirt and dust — can affect the quality of fabric.

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First popular in the early 1800s as a parlor plant, miniature roses are a unique variety of rose that has been deliberately bred to grow to only 1-2 feet when mature. This tiny version of the ever popular rose bush makes a wonderful houseplant.

Miniature roses are one of my favorite plants to grow indoors due to the beautiful flowers and attractive foliage, packaged up in a miniature bundle. So many things look more appealing in miniature form, and you can definitely add roses to this list. I’m delighted to write this article to help you with growing miniature roses indoors and to keep them looking great in your home.

How Much Light Do Miniature Roses Need?

Miniature roses thrive in bright sunlight, and will do best with 6-8 hours of direct sunlight per day. For this reason, I usually place my miniature roses close to a south or west facing window. This is particularly important in the darker months of the year, when it can be harder to give your houseplants the light that they require.

In the height of summer, a south or west facing window can get very warm and so I tend to move them farther from the window to limit the heat exposure for the plant. Another option is to move your miniature roses outside during the summer. They can look really attractive on a patio among other potted plants and provide a glorious display of color while you enjoy the summer sunshine.

I’ve had best success with miniature roses when I keep them outside for the 3-4 hottest, brightest months of the year, and bring them indoors for the rest of the year. Sufficient light is probably the most important thing to focus on when growing miniature roses indoors, so get this right and the rest is easy.

It’s generally a good idea to rotate your miniature rose every 1-2 weeks, so all areas of the plant are receiving similar amounts of light and growing symmetrically.

How To Water Miniature Roses Indoors

Miniature roses require frequent watering, but they can be susceptible to root rot and fungal infections, so you have to be mindful to avoid allowing them to sit directly in water. Allow the soil to dry out between watering to ensure you avoid these problems.

Test the soil with your finger prior to watering. If you can put your finger one inch into the soil and it’s dry, it’s time to water. If your finger encounters any moisture, wait another day and test again prior to watering your miniature rose.

Always make sure to water your miniature rose from the soil level. Avoid allowing water to touch the leaves or the blossoms as this can cause damage to the plant. Water your miniature rose until the water runs out of the bottom of the planter. Allow the excess water to drain away before placing the miniature rose back on its drip tray.

Sometimes I put pebbles in my drip tray and set the pot of roses on the pebbles. This allows the water to continue to drain freely out of the pot, and avoids the possibility of the roots sitting in water.

What Soil Do Miniature Roses Need?

Avoid using soil out of your garden as this can contain pests and fungi that may affect your miniature roses. Choose a high quality potting soil mix that has perlite and compost incorporated into the mix. The perlite is an organic lava rock that will improve drainage and the compost is decaying organic matter that will feed your miniature roses and encourage more growth.

How To Fertilize Miniature Roses

I would definitely recommend fertilizing your miniature rose on a regular basis through the warmer months of the year. This will encourage growth of new foliage and flowers and help your miniature rose to stay healthy. You should fertilize your miniature rose every 2-4 weeks from early spring through to mid autumn depending on your climate.

I tend to use a water soluble fertilizer and dilute it to approximately half the suggested strength. This will prevent a build up of nutrients salts in the soil, which can cause your plant major problems. Always remember to water your plant at least 1-2 times in between fertilizing to flush the soil of any build up of nutrient salts.

Select a fertilizer that is designed for houseplants and well balanced. You can choose a liquid or a pellet type fertilizer. Make sure to follow the instructions closely.

Humidity Requirements for Indoor Miniature Roses

Miniature roses thrive on high humidity. A great way to do this is to place your miniature rose planter on a tray that is filled with pebbles and has water partially covering the pebbles. Make sure the base of the pot doesn’t sit in the water though. The water in the tray will evaporate slowly, increasing the local humidity around the rose plant.

Temperature Requirements for Indoor Miniature Roses

Roses thrive in warmer weather. They don’t like it too hot, but prefer a temperature of between 65 to 75 °F during the day. They also prefer that it not get below 60 °F at night. If the temperature drops below 50 °F the plant may enter its dormancy phase and stop producing flowers.

Whilst you don’t want his to happen for the majority of the year, it is actually essential to expose an indoor miniature rose to colder temperatures for at least 6 weeks of the year in late autumn and winter. This is best done by moving the miniature rose to a colder room, a well lit garage, greenhouse or even outside in milder climates.

The colder temperatures may cause leaves and flowers to drop. Whether this happens or not, it will trigger a period of dormancy for the plant, which is essential to prepare the plant for the development of new foliage and flowers in the spring.

Miniature roses are very hardy plants, so don’t worry about exposing your plant to mild frost while it is outside. As long as the temperature stays above -10 °F, your roses should survive cold winter nights without issue.

Miniature Rose Flowers

Depending the particular type of miniature rose plant, you may have simple flowers, semi-double flowers, double flowers, single flowers, clustered flowers, odorless flowers or very fragrant flowers. They also come in a wide array of colors from creams and whites to yellows, golds, two toned colors, deep reds and burgundy’s, nearly black, blues, pinks and nearly every other imaginable color in between.

Most miniature roses will bloom for many months of the year as long as the plant is happy with its growing conditions. Be sure to deadhead or pinch the spent flower blooms back after they’ve bloomed to encourage more flowers to come on. If you have a particularly fragrant variety, you’ll notice more fragrance when you have more blooms.

Pruning Miniature Roses

Always remove spent blossoms to encourage more growth of the plant. I tend to dead head the flowers throughout the year and do some minor pruning to keep the plant looking well. However, it is during the winter dormancy that you will need to do the most significant pruning.

While it may seem like you’re harming your plant by doing this, it will direct the nourishment and water to the other areas of the plant. Plants that are properly pruned will be stronger and produce more flowers during the next growth phase.

All you will need to prune your miniature rose is a pair of sharp pruning shears, and ideally, some gardening gloves to protect your hands from the thorns. I would also recommend using some rubbing alcohol to sterilize the blades of your shears.

Start by removing any dead or dying growth on the miniature rose plant.

Prune back any stems which cross each other, particularly those in the center of the plant. Crossed stems can damage each other and removing these will increase light penetration into the center of your plant.

Next prune the other healthy stems back. These should be pruned back to just above a five leaflet leaf set. This is a good idea as it will provide a good platform for new healthy growth. Don’t be afraid to prune more than a third to a half of the plant growth back. Miniature roses are normally hardy and don’t mind a good trim.

Try to maintain the symmetry of your miniature rose as you prune it as this will lead to a more attractive plant when new growth starts.

Check out this useful video on pruning miniature roses. It covers the basics really well.

Planting And Re-Potting Indoor Miniature Roses

You may want to consider re-potting miniature roses that you’ve purchased from a store. You don’t know what the plants were exposed to at the store so you want to give them the best possible start in your home. Choose a high quality potting soil mix and add in some perlite and compost.

Select a planter that is wider than it is deep. Make sure that the new planter has plenty of drainage holes. If it doesn’t, add some in. Layer some rocks or pebbles on the bottom of your planter to ensure proper drainage. Brush off as much of the dirt from the previous pot as possible. You may wish to use a clean and dry paintbrush to do this so that you can remove as much of the old soil.


There are many factors to successful propagation. It will depend on the particular growing medium, type of miniature rose, and the temperature. This is a “trial and error” type of thing. Not all miniature roses lend themselves well to propagation.

To attempt propagation, wait until the rose has bloomed and the flower is spent. There should be at least three or four healthy leaves on the stem. You need to use your sterilized pruning shears or a sharp pair of sterilized scissors and remove the spent bloom from the top of the stem.

Go down approximately four to six inches on the stem and make a sharp cut at an angle. Dip the raw end into some organic local honey. The honey protects the raw end from dying, root rot, and molding. Now place your cutting into a growing medium.

Within four to six weeks you should see your new start begin to grow. If it doesn’t work the first try, take heart, even the most famous horticulturists have struggled with this. Simply try again with another stem from another spent bloom and keep trying. Eventually you’ll get the hang of it and be able to propagate a new plant.

Common Miniature Rose Diseases And Pests

These are some of the most common problems when growing miniature roses indoors:

Spider Mites: Indoor miniature roses are especially prone to spider mites. Carefully look your plant over each week and inspect it for these tiny pests. If you see any, spray the plant with an insecticide or remove the spider mites with a paper towel that is dipped in some mild soapy water. Be sure to inspect both the tops of leaves and the bottoms.

Aphids: Just as the spider mites, these little critters can also wreck havoc on your indoor plants. Inspect your plants for these at least weekly. Again, you can remove them with insecticide, mild soap and water and a dampened paper towel, or you can bring in some lady bugs who will enjoy dining on the critters (or if the weather is warmer set the plant outdoors and go find some lady bugs to dine on the aphids.

Fungi: Leaf conditions such as black spot, powdery mildew and rust are all forms of fungus. Make sure to space plants at least a foot from other plants to help reduce the risk of fungi. Always water the plant from the soil level and avoid getting the foliage wet as this can cause molds and mildews to form. Remove and get rid of any of the foliage that displays any form of such conditions. Another cause of fungi is non-sterile equipment such as scissors or pruning shears. Always take the time to sterilize your pruning shears or scissors prior to doing any pruning to ensure no exposure to fungi.


Miniature roses are not typically toxic to cats, dogs, or humans. However, care should be taken to avoid injuring oneself on the thorns and for some more sensitive individuals or pets ingesting the foliage or flowers may cause mild intestinal distress.

How large will my miniature rose get?

Indoor miniature roses come in a wide array of shapes and sizes. They may only get as big as six inches, or they may grow as large as two feet. The average size of a miniature rose plant is 12-18 inches in height.

How frequently should I water my miniature rose?

Water your miniature rose at least weekly and more often in warmer weather. Avoid watering until the soil is dry when you press your finger into the soil. Due to their shallow root systems they will require more water than many other houseplants. If the leaves are turning yellow or look to be wilting, you probably need to water them more frequently.

Since Miniature roses require high humidity should I mist my plant?

No, never mist or spray water on your plant directly, this can cause leaf rot, molds and mildews. To increase the humidity, use a humidifier in the room, or place your planter on a tray filled with pebbles and water. The plant will then absorb the moisture up into the plant and humidify itself that way.

Miniature Rose Indoor Care: Keeping A Mini Rose Houseplant

Potted miniature roses are an insanely popular gift for plant lovers. Ranging in color and bloom size, miniature roses look lovely when kept indoors. While the plants may bloom prolifically throughout the longer daylight hours, many miniature roses may begin to fizzle as cooler temperatures arrive in the fall. By learning more about the needs of these mini roses, growers will be able to keep healthy plants all season long. Read on to learn about miniature rise indoor care.

Are Mini Roses Indoor Plants?

When it comes to a miniature rose, indoor care can be frustrating. Many growers have experienced the decline of these once beautiful potted plants. Like other types of rose, miniature roses will need a cool period that is similar to what they would experience naturally. In most cases, this is simply not achievable indoors. While growers are able to briefly enjoy the blooms of their mini rose houseplant, the best option is to transplant it into the flower garden.

As with many roses, miniature varieties are exceptionally cold tolerant. Most of these plants will have no issue acclimating and continuing to grow once planted into the flower garden. To do so, harden off the rose plant over time and allow it to become accustomed to the outdoor temperatures and conditions.

For best results, this should be done at least one month before the first anticipated frost date in your area. Dig a hole that is twice as wide and twice as deep as the root ball of the plant. Ensure that the rose is planted in a well-draining location that receives ample sunlight each day.

How to Care for Indoor Mini Roses

If planting outdoors is not an option, there are some steps to take to keep your miniature roses indoors healthy. Above all, a steady routine of maintenance will need to be established. When growing miniature roses indoors, it will be imperative that growers remain dedicated to watering, fertilizing, deadheading, and pruning their plants.

By supplying the plants with ideal growing conditions, indoors gardeners are able to reduce the occurrence of disease or infestation of troublesome pests, like spider mites.

As the plant grows, make certain to repot it, as needed. Allowing the plant ample room in the container will be important in the production of flower blooms.

Care Tips for Fabulous Miniature Roses – keep your mini rose looking pretty –

Miniature roses are often found side by side with cut flower bouquets – enticing you to gift a sick friend or celebrate a loved one, but don’t overlook them as an instant home décor accessory for yourself! Buy one or several, then get your mini-rose glam on with these tips:


  • Plant one into a container with English ivy at its base.
  • Display a single plant where its simple beauty can shine uncluttered.
  • Group several of them together, but each in a sleek pot of a differing height.
  • Tuck one into a seasonal centerpiece.
  • Choose different bloom colors to suit the season, your decor colors or your mood.
  • Place some among broad-leaved plants that serve as a backdrop for the rose blooms.



The majority of an indoor rose’s daylight hours should be in bright light for all of the buds to burst into beautiful bloom. Don’t be afraid to shift it to the dimly lit dining room as a centerpiece for the evening, just place it back in the light during the day.


Allow the soil surface to dry before giving a thorough watering. Avoid getting water on the leaves.

Once Blooming Ends

Once blooming stops or you simply tire of them, miniature roses are inexpensive enough to be disposed of without feeling guilty. Re-bloom is possible, but requires supplemental lighting, pruning, fertilizing and a dose of luck.
If you decide to keep your miniature rose, repot it in a slightly larger container with fresh potting soil. You can keep your rose plant displayed indoors or move it outdoors when the weather is warm. If temperatures stay above -20°F (-29°C) in your area, then the rose may be planted in the ground and should survive over the winter.
Have you had success with growing mini roses? Share your tips for success in the comment section below.

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