How to Care for Potted Roses


Roses are highly sought after by gardeners everywhere, not only because of their beauty but because of their fragrance. Potted roses are a good alternative to a rose garden if you live in a small home or apartment. With the right amount of sunlight and care, potted roses will flourish.

Step 1

Select a rose that grows well in the container you have space for. Small roses, such as the miniature varieties, grow well in half-gallon containers, while larger roses need a much larger container to grow well.

Step 2

Fertilize the potted rose with indoor plant food, according to package directions.

Step 3

Water the rose frequently to keep the soil moist but not soaked. The soil should be moist to the touch. If the soil stays wet, the chances of fungal growth are increased.

Step 4

Prune away any dead or dying foliage using very sharp pruning shears. Make your cut where the dead or dying foliage joins the main shoot of the rose. By using sharp pruning shears, you avoid damaging the healthy portions of the plant, as you would with dull shears.

Step 5

Treat any pests, such as aphids, by filling a spray bottle with 3 parts water and 1 part dish soap. Lightly mist the rose with this mixture until the pests have subsided. The soapy water mixture will not harm the rose and will treat many pests.

Things You'll Need

  • House plant food
  • Pruning shears
  • Spray bottle
  • Dish soap


  • Rose-Works: Types of Roses
Keywords: potted rose care, indoor rose care, caring for roses

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Jason M. Bruner is a freelance writer who has been in the field for more than five years. His content has been previously published on sites such as eHow.