How to Take Care of Roses Indoors


Roses are one of the most fragrant flowers on earth. Highly praised by gardeners everywhere, for not only their one-of-a-kind fragrance, but also for their beauty, roses are popular flowers to have around. Whether you are growing small tea roses or the large floribunda varieties, roses require some care for them to look as good as they smell. Many gardeners have found that growing roses indoors is possible with the right amount of time and patience. Bringing these beauties indoors is sure to please.

Step 1

Purchase a rose bush from your nursery. Any type of rose can grow well indoors except for the climbing varieties. Try to purchase the miniature or floribunda types for best results.

Step 2

Fill a medium to large planting container with 2 to 3 inches of moisture-retaining potting soil in the bottom of the container. Miniature varieties are able to grow in medium-sized planting containers while larger roses will require a much larger planting container.

Step 3

Place the rose bush into the planting container and fill in around the rose with the moisture-retaining potting mixture. Do not pack the soil. Simply pour in the soil around the root ball of the rose bush.

Step 4

Place small gravel or pebbles on a drainage dish and set the rose's planting container on top of the gravel-filled dish. Place enough gravel or pebbles to keep the planting container raised out of the water once it drains after watering.

Step 5

Feed the rose bush once per month using rose food that contains all the nutrients a rose needs to achieve optimal growth. You can purchase rose food at a garden specialty or home improvement store.

Step 6

Place the container in an area that receives full sunlight for at least eight hours per day. Roses thrive in the heat of full sun conditions, but can grow in partial sun as well.

Step 7

Water the rose bush weekly or as needed. The soil in the rose's planting container should always be moist to the touch, but never soaked until the soil is soggy. Only water the rose when the soil is dry 1 to 2 inches below the surface.

Step 8

Prune back the rose once per year to relieve the rose bush of long, thin stalks and dead or dying growth. Use sharp pruning shears to prune back the growth to the large, thick canes. Only do this once a year. Regular pruning will only consist of clipping away dead or browning blooms and foliage to promote fresh growth.

Things You'll Need

  • Medium/large planting container with drainage holes
  • Moisture-retaining potting soil
  • Small gravel or pebbles
  • Rose food
  • Water
  • Sharp pruning shears


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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.