If you lack the space or inclination to have a large, formal rose garden, but you like roses, then perhaps a miniature rose bush to grow indoors is a consideration. The color and fragrance makes miniature roses appealing as an indoor houseplant. Ideal for small spaces, these lovely plants are fairly easy to care for, as long as they have exposure to bright light. Miniature rose bushes can grow anywhere from 12 inches to 4 feet. Blooming from spring to late summer, there are numerous varieties from which to choose.
Planting and Growing Miniature Rose Bushes
Choose a spot for your miniature rose bush that has ample sunlight if growing it indoors (a sunny windowsill is ideal), and full sun if planting outdoors. Keep the room fairly warm, with temperatures ranging from 50 to 70 F. During the winter months indoors, keep the rose away from cold drafts.
Water your miniature rose bush generously, but do allow the soil to dry out a bit in between waterings. Check by putting your finger in the soil. If the first inch or so is dry, it's time to water. A weekly bath with a shower sprayer will help to remove dust and keep your rose free of spider mites.
Mist the leaves on a regular basis with a sprayer bottle filled with water, especially if your home is quite warm, as it may be in the winter months.
Remove faded flowers after blooming to keep the roses bushy and able to produce more blooms. Also, remove any dead or yellowing leaves or branches. Add slow-release fertilizer bi-monthly to increase flowers; any water-soluble fertilizer is acceptable.
Plant your rose outdoors if you wish, either in a pot or directly into the ground. Dig a hole approximately 1 foot wide and 1 foot deep. Place your rose in the hole, backfill with soil and compact it. Water thoroughly and daily for the first few weeks. Add mulch at the base if keeping your rose bush outdoors over the winter months.