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How to Grow Mini Roses Indoors

You can grow roses indoors like a house plant if you choose the right type: miniature roses, tiny plants and flowers that fit nicely on a window sill. Knowing how to care for them properly will keep them healthy and happy for many years to come.
Mini roses were developed from a full size floribunda rose called Rosa chinensis "Minima." A miniature rose has flower less than one and a half inches across. They can be grown as house plants or outdoor plants. Mini roses are available in many shades of white, lavender, pink, yellow and red.
Miniature roses need bright, full, direct sunlight - and plenty of it - in order to flourish. A southern window is the best place for them inside the house. You may also need to add supplemental plant lights, especially in the winter, to keep your mini roses happy. A full spectrum plant light provides adequate light. You can also move your mini rose outdoors during the summertime to help it get plenty of sunlight if you have the opportunity to grow plants outdoors.
One thing that miniature roses need and seldom receive inside the home is adequate humidity. They need about 50-60% humidity, and the air inside most homes, especially during the wintertime, hovers around 5 - 12% humidity. To make the air more humid around your mini roses, place the pots inside small saucers or dishes filled with fish tank gravel or small pebbles. Fill the saucer or dish with water. As it evaporates, it will add humidity to the air near the roses. Add more water as it evaporates and clean the pebbles or change them regularly to prevent mold and mildew build up. Water your plant carefully when the soil feels dry to the touch.
If you find that caring for your mini roses indoors is too difficult, you can move them outside and plant them as you would any type of rose. My miniature rose, above, does have black spot, but it shrugs it off each year and keeps on growing. Outdoor miniature roses receive the same care as other larger roses. You can also move a miniature rose outdoors during the summer, and then bring it back inside during the winter months, too.

To see more: http://homegardenjoy.com/site/2015/02/grow-mini-roses-indoors.html

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  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Feb 12, 2015

    Mini roses! <3 love

  • Rachel Anderson
    Rachel Anderson Portland, OR
    on Feb 12, 2015

    These are some great tips that I desperately needed! I usually don't have a problem keeping plants alive with two exceptions, orchids and mini roses. I've tried multiple times but they always die. :( I'm going to give roses another try though! I have a western facing kitchen window so I think between the sunlight and the humidity from the kitchen sink, I might be able to make them work. Do you have any tips on fertilizing them?

    • Rachel Anderson
      Rachel Anderson Portland, OR
      on Feb 12, 2015

      @Rachel Anderson just saw the fertilizing tips on your blog :) Great stuff!

  • Douglas Hunt
    Douglas Hunt New Smyrna Beach, FL
    on Feb 12, 2015

    Some indoor roses would definitely make winter more bearable.

  • Maryinrockport
    Maryinrockport Rockport, TX
    on Mar 17, 2015

    I love mini roses, I have pink,orange,white,yellow. I haven't planted in the ground, I just have them each in a large pot.

    • Janie Zamudio
      Janie Zamudio Fulton, TX
      on Mar 17, 2015

      Hi Mary good to see someone from Rockport,Tx...I love our town

  • Judy McGuire
    Judy McGuire Longmont, CO
    on Mar 17, 2015

    I buy miniture roses for Mother's Day and then I put the Rose. outside. and enjoy them in the Summer. months

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