Miniature Rose Bush - Indoor Care

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The Miniature Rose Bush

Miniature rose bushes are hybrid roses that are bred to remain small in size. They have smaller flowers than a regular type of rose and come in a variety of different colors. Despite their small size, they are actually very hardy and most varieties are long blooming. Here are a few tips on how to care for your miniature rose bush as an indoor houseplant.

Leggy miniature rose bush, definitely no getting enough sunlight.
Leggy miniature rose bush, definitely no getting enough sunlight.


Typically rose bushes are meant to grow outside, therefore the miniature rose bush and micro hybrids won't bloom if they don't get enough sunlight. It is very important to give them enough sunlight if you are growing them indoors. If the plant appears to be “reaching” towards the window, or becoming thin and “leggy”, they are not getting enough light. They will need several hours of direct sun each day. You will need to place them in a sunny window indoors where they will get at least 6 hours of full sun each day.


Miniature rosebushes, just as regular roses, require lots of water, and they will dry out quickly in containers. Stick your finger in the container to check for dryness every day or two. The soil needs to be damp but not soggy. Be sure the container allows the water to drain. A collegue of mine, Becky Katz, said she has had miniature roses for years and recommended putting some pebbles in the bottom of the pot to be sure they get good drainage. I think that is an excellent idea!

Another good idea is to use a saucer under the pot that will hold the excess water as it drains out. this way the rose bush can use this water as it needs it. Miniature rose bushes enjoy moist air also, so try to mist them lightly with when you water them. Don't leave water drops on the leaves as it can cause "black spot" on the leaves.

Deadheading and Pruning

Deadhead – You will want to deadhead the flowers on your miniature rose bush as soon as they fade. The will help keep plants looking good and encourage them to continue blooming. Don't try to pinch them off with your fingers as this can damage the stem. Use sharp pruners and cut them at a 45° angle.

Pruning – As your miniature rose bush gets older, you will need to remove any dead branches that you see. The best time to prune you plant is in fall as the days are growing shorter and they are getting less sunlight. Yearly pruning will promote new growth as well as the plants overall health. It will also gives it an attractive shape. Be sure to use sharp pruners to cut the stem at a 45° angle, 1/4-inch above a leaf axil.

Healthy Miniature Rose Bush
Healthy Miniature Rose Bush


As your miniature rose bush grows, it is continuing to add more roots. If the roots become to crowded, what they call “pot bound”, your plant will not bloom. Check your rose bush to see if there is more than one plant in the container and if the roots are too crowded. This would be a good time to separate the plants and repot them in separate containers. To repot your plant, loosen the roots with your fingers, removing as much of the original soil as possible and re-plant in a pot slightly larger than the original. Be sure the pot has drainage holes so your plant does not get soggy.

Over Wintering

Your miniature rose bush will go dormant in winter and will drop its leaves. This is ok. Giving roses a “rest period” in winter will actually prolong the life of the plant and keep it healthy. Keep it cool during this time. Water it slightly from time to time. You can move rose bush to a basement or garage for the winter just don’t let the roots freeze.


Miniature rose bushes are just as susceptible to the same diseases that can afflict any other roses. Overly damp conditions can cause blackspot to develop on the leaves, so be sure your container has good drainage. Blackspot is a fungus that needs to be treated right away. Cut off affected leaves and treat foliage with a fungicide especially made for blackspot. You can find a good fungicide in any home and garden store. Just follow the directions on the container. Good air ventilation will also help to prevent this fungus. Fortunately, newer rose hybrids are more and more resistant to diseases.


Miniature rose bushes are beautiful and hardy little plants. With a little bit of care you will be enjoying their beauty for years.

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Kristen Howe 12 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Sheila, this is a great hub. I love the photo of the mini rose bush and want one to have next year to add to my container patio garden. I love roses and its many and splendid colors. Handy tips, too!

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sgbrown 12 months ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Be sure you are letting it dry out a bit before watering it and water it well each time.

Annette 12 months ago

I was given a mini Rose bush for a gift, the leaves are drying up and falling off I water it 2 times per week it is also In a well light area of sunshine . I am at loss as what to do for it!

Thank you Annettr

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sgbrown 14 months ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Thank you, dalliz! I'm glad I could give some helpful information.

dalliz 14 months ago

Hi! I just read your indoor tips! They sure are eye-opening for someone with little knowleadge on gardening but surprinsingly love for miniature rosebushes and other types of flowers! Thanks, I leave with a new and helpful insight!

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sgbrown 17 months ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

You are welcome, Peg! I have to admit that I have killed off a couple in the past myself. The ones I have planted outside are not doing very well right now. I know that are just water soaked from all the rain we have been having! I hope the rain stops sometime soon!

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PegCole17 17 months ago from Dallas, Texas

Thanks for this important advice and tips on growing miniature rose bushes. They start off so beautiful and quickly become scraggly. I've killed quite a few of these off, so I'll be paying closer attention to the guidelines you shared.

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tillsontitan 22 months ago from New York

I can grow almost anything outside but house plants suffer a death sentence in my house. I wonder if the miniature rose would make it? After all it is an outside plant. I love roses so this would be a good place to start. Lots of good information here too!

Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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Dolores Monet 22 months ago from East Coast, United States

Hi Shiela - many long years ago, I was given 3 miniature roses as a gift. I planted them outside where they eventually got lost in the garden. They were so tiny! I thought they had to be outdoors! Wish I had read this back then. Every so often I would snip off a few little blooms and place them in a child's tea party container on my kitchen window sill. Those little blooms are so charming!

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MPG Narratives 22 months ago from Sydney, Australia

I'm always looking for ways to 'pretty up' my home and these miniature roses look lovely. We have a home with lots of light so I'm going to give them a go. I'm so glad I discovered this hub, thanks so much for sharing your tips. Voted up, useful, shared and pinned.

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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Kathryn! I have two inside the house now, I just love those dainty little blooms. I'm glad you found my information useful. Thank you for your kind comment! Have a wonderful day as well. :)

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Kathryn Stratford 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

I have a mini rose bush in my apartment, and I have enjoyed it very much. Thank you for sharing this handy information on caring for them.

Have a wonderful day!

~ Kathryn

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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Peggy! Hubby buys me one every Valentines Day now. They make great additions to small places that need some beautiful color. Thank you for stopping by and your votes! Have a wonderful day! :)

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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Sheila,

I have never tried to keep an indoor miniature rose bush but love my outside full sized rose bushes. Will keep your advice in mind should I be tempted to purchase one of these little beauties or should I be gifted with one. Up, useful and interesting votes.

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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello idigwebsites! I'm so glad you liked my hub. I love roses too and the miniature rose bushes can go indoors as well as outdoors. Thank you for stopping in and commenting, it is always appreciated! Have a great day! :)

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idigwebsites 4 years ago from United States

this really made my day. Roses is one of my favorite flowers. thank you so much for a wonderful hub. I like it.

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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello FullOfLoveSites. You are very welcome! Thank you for stopping in, reading and commenting on my hub, it is always appreciated. Have a great day! :)

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FullOfLoveSites 4 years ago from United States

I absolutely love roses! Thanks for sharing your tips. :)

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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello ignugent17! Thank you for your kind comment and votes, it is always appreciated! Have a beautiful day! :)

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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello sen.sush23! I am sure your sister loved to get her gift of a miniature rose bush. I was very excited when my husband bought me my first one. The main thing to remember is plenty of light and water. I hope you have wondful luck with your new rose bush! Thank you for your kind comment, vote and sharing! It is always appreciated. Have a beautiful day! :)

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ignugent17 4 years ago

Very lovely! Voted up, beaufiful and useful.

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sen.sush23 4 years ago from Kolkata, India

Hi Shiela, I gifted a miniature rose plant to my sister last winter and she has it thriving outdoors and doing very well. I don't yet have any rose plant in our new house, though I am very fond of roses. Your detailed hub gives me enough information and courage to venture planting one indoor on our patio. Voted up and sharing.

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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello alocsin! Miniature rose bushes are wonderful flowers to grow in small places, indoors or outdoors. Thank you for your kind comment, vote and sharing. It is always appreciated! Have a wonderful day!

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

This is a perfect flower for those who want the beauty of roses but don't have a full yard. Voting this Up and Useful and Shared.

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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello B.! :) I am glad I could help. Thank you for stopping in and your nice comment. I am sure you roses will do just wonderfuly! Have a great day! :)

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billips 4 years ago from Central Texas

You have given me a lot of useful information SGBrown - roses are my favorite flowers, but most grow very poorly here - I have resorted to miniatures, some of which I keep indoors - will definitely do a better job of caring for them now - B.

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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi lucybell. Thank you for you nice comments. I wish you had a place to keep one too. They are such colorful plants and add a nice touch to a home. Maybe one day you will find a good place for one. Thank you again for commenting, I appreciate it. Have a wonderful day! :)

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lucybell21 4 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

I love miniature rose bushes! They are so cute. Great hub with lots of wonderful info! I really wish I had a place for a bush where I live.

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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi erica! It sounds like he has over watered it. Take it out of the soil it is in now. Put about 1 inch of pebbles or small rocks, even gravel will work, in the bottom of the pot then add the soil. This will let the pot drain well. Then add the rose bush back in. Do NOT water it for at least 1 -2 days. Then water it lightly. Don't water again until the soil gets dry. To check it, put your finger about 2 inches into the soil to see if the soil is still damp. I hope this works out for you. Be sure that it is in a window with lots of direct sun light. Good luck! :)

erica 4 years ago

My honey bought me 2 mini rose bushes for valentines day but I think he has over watered them cause now the rose pettles are turning brown n the leaves are falling off the soil is very wet n idk what to do t fix this with out ruining it completley please help I would greatly apreciate the advice! Thanks erica

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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello SanneL. Thank you for your kind words. I'm glad I could bring back beautiful memories of your mom. Maybe you could try growing one the little rose bushes in your home, it would make you smile every day. My mom is gone too, so I know how much you miss yours. Maybe because we just had good memories of them, we just made them smile! Thank you for visiting my hub, voting and sharing. It is greatly appreciated! Have a beautiful day! :)

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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

What a beautiful hub! This brings fond memories of my mother. She loved the Miniature Rose bush very much, and always had pots with beautiful roses in various colors in her window sills. I don't know what she did, but they were always so beautiful, just like the ones in your pictures. I miss her roses as much as I miss her. Thanks! Rated up, etc. and shared!

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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Becky Katz. That is an excellent idea! I think most people kill them by over watering them. I wish I had put that in my hub! Thank you for viewing yet another hub of mine and for your great idea. I may go back in and put your ideas in there! Have a wonderful day !

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Becky Katz 4 years ago from Hereford, AZ

I have had these for years and something that I always do, is put about an inch of pebbles in the bottom of the pot. This helps the drainage and gives the water someplace to be besides all over the roots.

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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello viking305. Thank you for visiting my hub. Just be sure they get plenty of light and water. Be sure the water drains good too. Good luck with your next one! Thanks for sharing and the follow! Have a wonderful day! :)

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viking305 4 years ago from Ireland

I love these miniature rose plants. I have bought a few but unfortunately they always die off. Next time I buy one I will follow your instructions carefully because they are a lovey plant. I also hate to see live plants die off because I haven't looked after them properly

Thanks for Sharing. Up and useful

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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Great! I think they are so pretty. Im glad you stopped by my hub. Have a great day! :)

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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

I had one once a long time ago. I don't remember what happened to it. You make me want another!

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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi Angela, I hope my information is helpful. Thank you for your kind words. Have a wonderful day! :)

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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

Wow -- I've never been successful with miniature roses so am going to try again and follow your instructions. Particularly the part on watering (think I've probably drowned mine) and pruning (done that all wrong). Most informative and well written Hub. Voted up. Best/Sis

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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hi thumbi&! I always love hearing from you! I tried "lucky bamboo" once, but I wasn't very lucky, it didn't make it. I think I will try again though, as I really love the way it looks. Thank so so much for stopping by and for SHARING! Have a wonderful day!!!

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thumbi7 4 years ago from India

The biggest challenge in gowing indoor plants is about sunlight.

"Lucky bamboos" grow well in my office room where there is not much of direct sunlight.

Voted up and thanks for SHARING

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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma Author

Hello Tina! I should have a miniature rose bush coming for Valentine's Day, if my hubby got the hint! :) I have had one before, but didn't know how to take care of it. Thank you for your comment, vote and share! Have a great day! :)

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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden

Miniature Rose bush is one of my favorites too, indoors and outdoors during summer. They are elegant and beautiful and pots can be moved very easy. I have never tried to keep them during winter so this was interesting. I will try to keep them

at the same place as my Geraniums next winter! Thanks for the information and for giving me some summer inspiration during this cold winter month!Voted up, useful and shared


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