How to Take Care of a Mini Rose Plant


Mini roses (Rosa chinensis 'Minima') are true rose plants specifically developed to maintain a small size. These plants range in size from 3 to 18 inches in height and width, and produce single, double and semi-double flowers 1 1/2 inches or less across in almost every color but blue. Miniature roses grow well in pots indoors, outdoors in containers or planted directly into the ground.

Indoor Care

Step 1

Place a potted miniature rose in a warm area--at least 70 degrees F during the day, a minimum of 60 degrees F at night--that receives at least five to six hours of direct sunlight every day.

Step 2

Water the rose when the top 1 inch of soil in the pot is dry. Place the pot in a sink, then slowly saturate the soil until water streams from the bottom of the pot. Allow excess water to thoroughly drain from the pot.

Step 3

Apply fertilizer once or twice a month while the plant is blooming, following the fertilizer manufacturer's recommendations.

Outdoor Container Care

Step 1

Place the pot in a shady location initially if the mini rose has been grown indoors to allow the plant to adjust to outdoor conditions. Increase the plant's sun exposure each day. Move the plant to a full-sun location after seven to ten days.

Step 2

Water container-grown mini roses frequently. Soak the plant until water flows from the bottom of the pot. Do not allow the potting medium to completely dry out.

Step 3

Fertilize once a month when the mini rose is flowering, following the fertilizer manufacturer's specific dosage and application instructions.

Outdoor In-Ground Care

Step 1

Plant the mini rose in a sunny location with well-drained soil mixed with organic compost.

Step 2

Dig a hole twice as large as the rootball, place rose plant in the soil, then backfill and cover with soil to the rose's original planting depth.

Step 3

Apply at least 1 or 2 inches of water per week through rain or irrigation.

Step 4

Fertilize the rose once in early spring and once a month throughout the blooming cycle. Follow the fertilizer manufacturer's specific instructions.

Tips and Warnings

  • Too much fertilizer encourages foliage growth, but inhibits flowering; do not over fertilize.

Things You'll Need

  • Water-soluble or slow-release fertilizer for roses
  • Garden shovel
  • Organic compost


  • Iowa State University Extension: Miniature Roses
  • Colorado State University: Miniature Roses: Versatile Plants--Indoors or Out!

Who Can Help

  • Emmitsburg News-Journal: The Master Gardeners--Miniature Roses
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Barbara Biehler is a freelance writer who has written articles for and eHow, as well as online specialty courses for She has a B.A. in English from the University of Central Florida, and over 15 years experience in business development, sales, and marketing. An avid gardener, cook, and voracious reader, Barbara resides with her family near Nashville, Tennessee.