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Miniature Rose Bush—Indoor Care

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Red Miniature Rose and Rain Drops

Red Miniature Rose and Rain Drops

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.

Light

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.

Watering

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.

Repotting

As your miniature rose bush grows, it is continuing to add more roots. If the roots become too 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.

Overwintering

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.

Disease

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.

I have found this product to work the best on my miniature rose bush, as well as my outdoor flowers.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

Question: I was given a mini rose plant and it doesn't get enough natural light. Will a portable grow light help keep it healthy and blooming? I have no way to get a large one, but I've seen small tabletop lights with blue/red spectrum.

Answer: Yes.

Question: Can I plant a miniature rose bush outside? I live in Zone 3-4.

Answer: I would say probably not.

Question: Where is hardiness zone 3-4?

Answer: https://www.google.com/search?q=usda+hardiness+zon...

Comments

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on February 17, 2020:

I wouldn't put more than 3 in an 18 inch pot. Be sure that once they start growing, they still get good air circulation.

Meme on February 11, 2020:

I live in western Okla, and love mini roses. How many plants should I put in a 18 inch pot, outside?

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on January 07, 2020:

I would use a plant food made specifically for roses. you can find one just about anywhere. Be sure it gets enough sun and as you said, keep it moist by watering as needed. Good luck! :)

Mary Justus on December 29, 2019:

Yes, I have never had a miniature rose before; should I use any type of plant food or just keep it moist by watering as needed? It is a Rosier Miniature Rose. I want to be able to take care of it and not let it die!

Kat on August 29, 2019:

I would like to keep mine inside. What can i do for it to help it go through winter?

Pamela Allen on May 22, 2019:

Can it be outside ,I live in Georgia southern part

Bob Potash on February 18, 2019:

Got a Rosier Miniature Rose plant as a gift what type plant food would be best for the plant? thank you.

Dawn on January 14, 2019:

I found a beautiful purple miniature rose bush. The leaves are drying out but yet the pot is kept moist. I’m thinking the miniature plant might not be getting enough daylight. I Afraid I’m going to loose this cute little purple rose bush. I brought out my plant light. Not sure if I should go this route or place the pot i n HE badement be try to let it go dormant and bring back up in the spring Don’t want to loose this purple rose as it took years to find it

Lou on December 04, 2018:

Is it safe to keep the rose plant on a windowsil facing south?

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on September 07, 2018:

I think perhaps it is staying too wet. Try letting it dry out a little between watering. Epsom salt should be good for it. Be sure it is getting good sunlight too.

GodsChosenOne74 on August 17, 2018:

What would make my mini suddenly turn dark, stem and all and my leaves die off? I have noticed that I have to tilt my container to rid excess water. I sprinkled Epsom salt in soil today because I'm desperate. What about coffee grounds? Should I spray it with disease spray? Please help. I cut the few dead branches I had off. Now it's just main stalk. I checked and I think I saw a itty bitty bit of light green after scrap testing. Any help would be appreciated!

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on May 22, 2018:

It maybe a little bit of both. Let it dry out just a little between waterings and a regular lamp will not help but an actual plant light might. You might just try putting it in a sunnier window.....

Aj on May 22, 2018:

Can use a lamp light on my indoor rose my leave have turn brown i dont it it to much water or not enough sun

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on May 17, 2018:

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.

Alma on May 15, 2018:

Will my Mini Roses survive winter

kaysea on March 22, 2018:

I prune a rose bush before but I have a miniature rose plant in my house when I first got it it had quite a few buds on it and now I have none!! I'm wondering will pruning my miniature rose plant in a certain way help to get more buds growing on it??

kaysea on March 22, 2018:

I prune a rose bush before but I have a miniature rose plant in my house when I first got it it had quite a few buds on it and now I have none!! I'm wondering will pruning my miniature rose plant in a certain way help to get more buds growing on it??

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on March 03, 2018:

I would say that spring would be the best time to transplant. You could transplant in summer as long as you can keep it watered well enough. I, personally, would not transplant any later than early fall.

Kathy on March 01, 2018:

When do I transplant? Do I have to wait till the flowers r done?

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on February 22, 2018:

If it is the stems that are turning brown, it could be either under watering or over fertilizing. Cut back the brown stems and adjust the water and fertilizer and see if that works. Good luck!

Susan on February 21, 2018:

The tips of my rose bush turn brown what does it need fertilizer

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on February 14, 2018:

Yes, I have an article on growing a miniature rose bush outdoors, https://hubpages.com/living/How-to-Grow-a-Miniatur... . I think it will do wonderfully in summer there in Illinois, but you might want to bring it in for the winter... :)

derek ash on February 14, 2018:

I bought one of the miniature rose bush. can they be planted outside. I live in Illinois.

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on December 09, 2017:

That is a lot of little rose bushes! I bet your window looks just beautiful! If any of the dead or dying bushes had spots on the leaves, they may have a fungus and you might try adding some pebbles or even gravel to the bottom of the pan to be sure they are draining well. They may need to dry out just a little between waterings. Good luck!

Jeanne Roberts on December 07, 2017:

I bought 40 miniature rose bushes 2 months ago - There were 3 bushes in each little 4"continer. I put them in my large shelved bay window with fig plant and other big leaf plants which end up replacing curtains!!! On the shelf itself, I put all these little plants. I divided and replaced in a auto oil drain pan about 18"x 4" - each pan holding 6 plants. This way the plants get more room for rooting. I bought half red roses and the other half consist of white, pink and yellow. The red roses are doing fantastic, the White are slowing down fast, and the yellow and pink lost all leaves a month ago. So now I wait till Spring and see what lives and what does not. I thought I'd plant them outside in the spring - my home is surrounded completed with bushes, trees and flowers with only rock walkways between. But now I wonder if I am better off leaving the roses in the house in the window forever. By the way, I bought some little fake golden birds at Walmart and stuck wires in their bodies, and now they fly in this window with the other plants and flowers. Thanks for your help.

Dixie Mainville on November 29, 2017:

the plant was beautiful when i got it is is yellow ..the red one is beautiful but the yellow one started to lose its leaves and now no leaves ..i cut the stems that were not doing good ..now what??I'm in canada and it is winter here i have it on the window facing north east.. it is cool but not cold.. red roses are there also and doing great..

Cheryl on October 13, 2017:

I was given a miniature rose. After a month or so I planted it outside. That was about five years ago and it is now about 3 feet tall and has lots of blooms. I just received another one (in October) and wonder if I can plant it outside at this time of year.

Ana on August 18, 2017:

Just got one miniature Rose... they are sooo beautiful, Hopefully, with the information on this page , my miniature Rose will grow healthy!!

Thank you for the info. :)

Bonwheless@gmail.com on July 20, 2017:

After bringing my delicate miniature potted rose plant, I found

That the leaves started coming off. I watered it and th leaves

Wilted as well. The plant was fairly dry when I watered it.

What can I do before the plant becomes completely bald?

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on April 30, 2017:

Hello, Jaimea. If they are both getting the same amount of sun and water, I would try adding a little fertilizer to it. Good luck and thank you for stopping by! :)

Bry Jaimea on April 29, 2017:

I've two growing next to each other, in separate pots, but one will flower and the other won't! Any suggestions??

terry on March 25, 2017:

can these grow in the garden in a pot

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on October 27, 2015:

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!

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on October 27, 2015:

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

Annette on October 23, 2015:

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

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on August 31, 2015:

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

dalliz on August 09, 2015:

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!

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on May 24, 2015:

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!

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on May 23, 2015:

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.

Mary Craig from New York on December 10, 2014:

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.

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on December 10, 2014:

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!

Maria Giunta from Sydney, Australia on December 09, 2014:

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.

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on July 06, 2013:

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. :)

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on July 06, 2013:

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

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on April 18, 2013:

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! :)

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 17, 2013:

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.

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on August 28, 2012:

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! :)

idigwebsites from United States on August 28, 2012:

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

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on August 20, 2012:

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! :)

FullOfLoveSites from United States on August 20, 2012:

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

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on August 11, 2012:

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

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on August 11, 2012:

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! :)

ignugent17 on August 10, 2012:

Very lovely! Voted up, beaufiful and useful.

Sushmita from Kolkata, India on August 10, 2012:

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.

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on July 09, 2012:

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!

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on July 09, 2012:

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.

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on April 13, 2012:

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! :)

billips from Central Texas on April 13, 2012:

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.

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on March 01, 2012:

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! :)

Bonny OBrien from Troy, N.Y. on February 29, 2012:

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.

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on February 22, 2012:

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 on February 22, 2012:

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

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on February 22, 2012:

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! :)

SanneL from Sweden on February 22, 2012:

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!

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on February 16, 2012:

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 !

Becky Katz from Hereford, AZ on February 16, 2012:

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.

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on February 13, 2012:

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! :)

L M Reid from Ireland on February 13, 2012:

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

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on February 12, 2012:

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

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on February 12, 2012:

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

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on February 12, 2012:

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

Angela Blair from Central Texas on February 11, 2012:

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

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on February 11, 2012:

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!!!

JR Krishna from India on February 11, 2012:

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

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on February 11, 2012:

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! :)

Christina Lornemark from Sweden on February 11, 2012:

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

Tina