How to Take Care of a Mini Rose Bush

Overview

Mini rose bushes are exactly like their larger counterparts in appearance, just smaller. They are available in different varieties including hybrid tea roses, floribundas and climbers. Mini rose bushes produce blooms the size of a dime or quarter and can be purchased in almost any color imaginable. They grow from 6 inches to 3 feet tall and up to 2 feet wide. They are not fussy and actually require less attention than standard rose bushes.

Step 1

Fill a 4- to 6-inch potting container three-fourths of the way with good quality potting soil. The container should have several drainage holes to prevent overwatering.

Step 2

Plant the mini rose bush at the same depth it was growing in its original container. Spread the roots out as much as possible and carefully replace the soil. Tamp down well and add enough water to make the soil moist but not soggy.

Step 3

Move the container to a sunny location. If you are growing the rose bush indoors, choose a window that receives a minimum of five to six hours of sun every day. If you are growing the plant outdoors, place it in a shady location and gradually move it into brighter light over the next week and a half.

Step 4

Water whenever the top of the soil is dry to the touch. Add water until it begins to drip through the drainage holes. Pour off any excess moisture promptly.

Step 5

Fertilize twice each month with a general purpose fertilizer mixed as directed on the package.

Step 6

Clip off damaged or dead branches as you notice them. Prune mini rose bushes to the preferred size and shape, but do not remove more than half of the growth.

Step 7

Examine the plant often for signs of pests or disease. Treat promptly with insecticide or fungicide if you suspect a problem.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid placing mini rose bushes close to indoor heating or cooling vents.

Things You'll Need

  • 4- to 6-inch potting container
  • Potting soil
  • General purpose fertilizer
  • Pruning shears

References

  • Iowa State University: Miniature Roses
  • University of Illinios Extension: Miniature Roses Make Nice Valentine's Day Gifts
  • University of California: Miniature Rose Plants
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Annita Lawson has been working as a freelance writer since 2004. Her work has been published in various web and print outlets, including The Dabbling Mum, A Virtuous Woman, and Pediatrics for Parents. Lawson is pursuing an Associate of Arts degree at Southeast Kentucky Community College. She enjoys sharing all that she has learned about parenting, healthy eating and living a frugal lifestyle.