The Critical Things for Growing Miniature Roses Indoors
Growing miniature roses indoors is one of those things that is often
"forced" upon us by well-meaning friends or relatives who come bearing
mini roses as gifts.
I mean, "What do you do with this thing once they've left?"
The obvious answer is to chuck it out the door or give it to a
But this isn't always practical or a desired course of action (hey!
it's a rose!). :-)
So what do you need to do in order to grow this rose indoors?
Growing Miniature Roses and Watering
Growing Miniature Roses means getting your watering techniques right.
Soak the plant until water runs out the bottom of the saucer. Use
lukewarm water. Now wait. Every day put your finger on the soil surface
and see if your finger comes away dry or damp. If damp – do nothing. Do
not water if the soil is still damp, it doesn't matter how long this is
between waterings. If the soil is damp, the plant doesn't require any
(I note that more plants are killed from overwatering than
If your finger comes away dry. Then water and soak the plant until
water runs out the bottom of the pot. Use lukewarm water – then see
above. Repeat this – water if dry to touch, walk away if finger is
I note you can feed it a balanced formula house plant liquid fertilizer
if you intend to keep the plant; this will encourage it to grow and
keep the blooms happy. Most of these plants are fed with long-term
fertilizers in the greenhouse that will keep them happy while they are
blooming in your home. After that of course, all bets are off.
Growing miniature roses means getting the light levels correct.
This plant has been grown in a greenhouse and likely under lights in
that greenhouse to force it into bloom. The reality is that it has a
high capacity for light and your home isn't going to have enough for
it. (sorry). Without grow lights, all you can do is delay the
inevitable reaction to not getting what it wants.
Put this plant in the sunniest south facing window you have. If not
south, then go west. If not west, then go east with it. But the
sunniest windowsill in the place gets the rose.
If you have grow lights, use them. Ensure the light is only several
inches off the top of the plant to make sure it gets enough light. This
of course is good for the plant but not so good for enjoying it as it
isn't all that visible with lights sitting right on top of it. (But hey
– what do you want- to enjoy the rose or keep it alive forever?)
Growing miniature roses means temperatures should be cool. Believe it
or not but cool is good. This will delay the flowering process and slow
down plant growth. Your flowers will last longer and the plant will not
grow and stretch too much. Low 60's F is ideal.
What do I do with it once it is finished blooming?
This depends on whether you have an outdoors garden or a balcony/deck
with full sunlight. The plant will thrive quite nicely outdoors (see
below) and potted into a larger container, it will grow and produce
another crop of flowers in the full sunshine of a deck. But if you have
neither outdoor gardens, full sunshine, or grow lights indoors, then
growing miniature roses to bloom again is not likely going to happen.
It needs full sunshine to produce blossoms. So you grow it as a green
plant (and maybe hope for a sporadic bloom), you buy grow-lights or you
toss or give it away to somebody who can grow it on.
What about growing miniature roses outside? For sure, outside is good.
As soon as the last frost is over, take the rose out of the pot and put
it in a full sun location. It will require a full 6-8 hours of sunlight
a day to bloom. And yes, it is quite hardy (see the other articles on
pruning and taking care of miniature roses) so it should live quite
nicely for you.
If you put it outside too early and it gets frosted, it will not be happy.
Because the leaves are tender from living indoors, you'll likely see
them drop off. As long as it was a light frost and not a heavy freeze,
the roots will be fine and will soon throw new shoots. But if it was a
heavy freeze, then the poor thing is compost.
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