MINIATURE ROSE ROSA SPP. Rosaceae Benefits, Care and Propagation


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These roses are invariably hybrids from Rosa chinensis ‘Minima’ and have all the qualities of a good temporary houseplant, yet they are seldom seen indoors. There are dozens of excellent varieties, with flowers in all colors, from white, pink, and cream through oranges, reds, and yellows.

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Plants may bloom indoors from early spring to late summer, depending on variety, but they should be treated as outdoor plants. After the leaves have fallen, give the plant a two-month rest period and in late winter prune it, cutting stems back by about one-third.

Then bring it indoors and leave it in an unheated room for a week or two before moving it into the warmth to start it into growth. Put the plant in a brightly lighted location, give it plenty of water when it is flowering, and deadhead it to prolong the flowering season.

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Height: 15in/38cm.

Potting Mix: Soil-based.

Repotting: In fall, in a pot large enough to accommodate the roots. Overwinter the plant in a cool greenhouse or shed or on a balcony, or bury the plant in the pot outdoors.

Propagation: Take tip cuttings in spring; they do not, however, always come true to type.

Keeping Plants: Miniatures are prey to all the usual rose pests and diseases; deal with them as you would for other rose types.


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  • Full sun or bright light while the plant is actively growing.
  • Normal room temperature during the period of active growth.
  • Keep below 45°F/7°C for 2 months during the rest period.
  • Water well in the growing period; keep the soil just moist at other times.
  • Mist the leaves regularly and stand the pot in a tray of damp pebbles, but make sure that ventilation is good since roses are prone to fungal diseases.
  • Feed every 2 weeks from early spring to late fall with a standard rose fertilizer.

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