Miniature roses ( or mini roses) are some of the most enjoyable plants to grow around the home. Great for small gardens in garden beds or in pots on the verandah, patio or apartment balcony, they are attractive with minimum maintenance requirements. They can also be grown successfully indoors in the right spot, but much more suited to the outside.
Available in a variety of colors, a spectacular display can be produced when planted as border edge plants in front of higher roses or in groups of containers. Popular colors are red, pink, white, yellow, orange and combinations of colors. A favorite is a red and yellow flower combination where each flower gradually changes to white before dying. . There are climbing miniature roses that can be trained to grow on a trellis, but the most common are shrub plants.
Whether growing indoors or outdoors, miniature roses require a minimum of three to four hours of sunshine each day and a frost-free situation. If grown in containers, the plants will dry out fairly quickly, depending on the weather, so check the soil every couple of days and water if dry.
Roses respond well to having dead flowers removed (deadheading) and will reward with a flush of new flowers time and again if this is carried out. As with all roses, the miniatures don’t like an atmosphere that is too wet or humid and you need to check if blackspot fungus develops. If this happens, remove the affected leaves and treat the plant with a fungicide, available from your garden center or plant nursery.
If in a cold climate, when planted in the garden, cover in winter with mulch or garden cloth. If on a patio, move indoors in winter, either to a garden shed or basement, etc.
Depending on your climate, miniature roses may drop their leaves in winter. Don’t be too concerned, this is natural and they should come back to full leaf in spring.
Pruning can be carried out at any time during the growing period if it is necessary to thin out the branches. If the rose grows too large for the container then it can be repotted into a larger container using a good potting mix with a neutral Ph and a container that drains well. If the container has a large hole or holes in the bottom then place some stones or gravel over the hole/s so potting mix isn’t lost when the soil is draining.
With care, your delightful miniature rose plants will give many years of pleasure without taking much space in a small garden or without requiring large containers for a beautiful display.