The key to beautiful roses is proper rose bush care. Learn the best and easiest tips for caring for your roses.
Many people think that the care of roses is a difficult and complicated process. As mini roses are smaller and more delicate than standard roses, some think that miniature rose bush care is even more difficult. This is not necessarily true. As with anything worthwhile in life, properly caring for roses is a matter of educating yourself and paying attention to a few key details.
How to Care for Miniature Rose Bushes
The care of your mini will primarily depend on the rose type as well as where it is planted. Some rose plants are bred to be miniature in both size and blooms. Other rose bushes have a larger growth habit; however, their blooms are miniature. Then again, a rose plant can have miniature blooms and also be classified as a shrub rose, a climbing rose, or a carpet rose.
If your rose plant is grown outdoors, simply follow the same procedure for rose bush care that you would for one that is of a standard size: plenty of sun, plenty of water, enriched soil along with deadheading and pruning when appropriate. (Remember that climbing rose bush care is different than for a standard shrub rose.)
Indoor Miniature Rose Bush Care
Miniature rose plants are a popular gift for birthdays and holidays, particularly Mothers’ Day and Valentines Day. If you have received a miniature rose bush that you are planning on growing indoors, there are a couple of extra considerations to keep in mind.
First, a rose plant, regardless of how it is sold, is not truly meant to be an indoor plant. As a result, you will need to give a little extra care than if you were planting the rose bush outside. Also, if you received the plant as a gift that came from a florist or supermarket, it is typically not of the same caliber of stock as you would receive from a nursery or garden center. These potted plants are grown in hothouses to have short bursts of abundant blooms. Unless you can replicate greenhouse conditions in your home, it is very unlikely that you will be able to sustain the plant long term.
However, to get the most out of your potted miniature rose bush, the first thing you should do is to make sure the plant has plenty of water. Depending on where it was bought from, it may or may not have good potting soil that is capable of retaining enough moisture. At the very least, soak the soil with water while ensuring that there is good drainage. You want enough water for the roots to get enough moisture, but not so much that they will rot. You may even want to repot the plan in a good potting soil designed for indoor plants.
Next make sure that your rose bush is placed in a window where it will get as close to 6 to 7 hours of sunlight a day as possible. Indirect light is best as you do not want the plant to get overly hot. Adding a water soluble fertilizer once a week along with your watering schedule will ensure that your miniature rose bush stays healthy. As the blooms and leaves die, groom your miniature rose by clipping off the dead material just as you would with a standard rose.
Mini roses add a delicate beauty to any landscape or as an indoor house plant. With proper miniature rose bush care, you will be able to enjoy the tiny blooms season after season.