A potted rose bush comes with an array of benefits. Not only can you care for your rose bush at table level, you can physically move the rose bush to follow the sun. This is a reasonable benefit for you, and an exceptional benefit for your indoor rose bush. Like any naturally grown rose bush, your indoor bush requires plenty of attention and care to produce great quality blooms.
Plant the rose bush in a well-drained planting container. Ensure that the container is large enough to accommodate the growth of the rose bush until repotting time. Choose a somewhat deep container to provide ample room for the root system, as recommended by the University of Colorado Cooperative Extension.
Combine nutrient-rich soil with equal amounts of perlite and organic compost. Incorporate the combination thoroughly. Fill 1/3 of the potting container with the prepared soil. Position the rose bush in the center of the container. Fill the container with the remaining soil and ensure that no roots are showing from the surface. Press the soil firmly around the bush to maintain an upright position. Irrigate the newly potted rose bush thoroughly.
Irrigate your rose bush regularly to provide it with at least one inch of water each week, as instructed by the Ohio State University Cooperative Extension. Use a watering can to irrigate the soil. Avoid overhead watering to reduce the potential of disease. Adjust the irrigation schedule to meet the needs of the indoor rose bush. Increase the levels for hot, dry periods and decrease during cool periods.
Dust the foliage and blooms daily to eliminate the potential for spore diseases. Mist the foliage and flowers of the rose bush regularly to maintain the proper humidity levels. Use clean water in a misting bottle and gently sweep the bush with water.
Begin feeding your rose bush after the first blooms appear. Follow the methods of Rose Gardening Made easy and use a slow release fertilizer that is designed for rose growth. If unavailable, select a general purpose, slow release fertilizer such as a 5-10-5 or 8-8-8 combination. Use the fertilizer at half strength and distribute the feed evenly throughout the container. Water the feed deeply into the soil.
Prune your rose bush during its winter dormancy. Use sharp, sterile pruning shears and protect your hands with gloves. Begin by cutting away any dead, dying or damaged wood and stems. Cut dying wood back until the interior of the wood displays a greenish-white color, as recommended by Countryside Roses. Thin out the interior branches and stems to promote good air circulation throughout the tree. Shape the tree as desired. Avoid excessive pruning to prevent growth stunt.