Growing Miniature Roses

Let’s talk about the best subject on rose gardening; growing miniature roses. These are rose plants that have been bred to miniature versions having smaller leaves, stems and roses. They are usually a foot or so tall but they can be as small as half a foot. It’s like a cute little puppy.

These little guys are actually hardier then the bigger rose bushes and even survive better in the winter. So they require no additional care.

Colors

Their colors pretty much run the whole spectrum with beautiful bright yellow, white, peach, bright red, multi-color, some have a very bright color around the outer edge of the petal while the inside of the petal is a completely different bright color. There are lavender miniature roses which is always an amazing color to see in nature. When it comes to growing miniature roses there’s every color available to you.

Indoors

Because of their convenient little size they are great for indoors and unlike many other rose varieties which have difficulty growing indoors, they grow well indoors, remember I told you they were hardy. Also being indoors and not exposed to the harsh winter when all the garden roses go dormant and non-productive these guys can continue producing beautiful blooms for your indoor enjoyment. How nice is that?

There are climbing miniature roses which, with some guidance on your part, will climb vertically up a stake. Some varieties can climb as high as 7 feet tall. Not bad for a “miniature” rose. There are the beautiful trailers which will cascade down from a hanging basket.

Flowers

Miniatures are actually prolific bloomers. They produce lots of flowers and outdoors they can produce blooms for 10 months. We’ve mentioned they come in all different colors they also come in many shapes and sizes. They will range from a half inch to 2 inches and they may have only a few petals up to 40 petals per flower.

Being heavy bloomers makes them hungry. They should be fertilized when new leaves come out and after any abundant blooming. You should discontinue feeding a full month or 2 before the first frost, which is around mid September, as the plant will be going into dormancy.

Likewise don’t do any pruning during the winter as this stimulates plant growth, not something you want to encourage during its dormancy when it is trying to save up its energy for the spring bloom. Just before growing season prune away about a third of the rose plant to give it a nice shape and to stimulate new growth.

Because of the hardiness of these plants and their abundance of beautiful flower production it makes growing miniature roses ideal for the beginner as well as the veteran.


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