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How to Care for an Indoor Rose Bush

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Rose bushes are some of the most highly praised plants in the garden by gardeners everywhere. Because of their intoxicating fragrance and beautiful blooms and foliage, roses often make their way into your home as cut flowers, and after a short while wither. However, rose bushes can be grown indoors. Bringing and maintaining their beauty indoors requires some effort, but it is possible. If you follow a few steps to ensure your indoor rose bush receives adequate care, it will be thriving in no time.

Purchase a rose bush at your local nursery or garden specialty store. Miniature roses do well as potted indoor roses. A large breed of rose such as a floribunda can also grow well as an indoor potted plant. Try to stay away from climbing roses as indoor plants. Climbing roses grow to great sizes, and usually do not fare as well as a standard or shrub roses indoors.

Fill a planting container with moisture-retaining potting soil. Make sure the planting container is large enough for the rose. Smaller roses such as the miniature styles can easily grow in half-gallon containers, while larger roses will need much larger containers. You can purchase moisture-retaining potting soil and an appropriate planting container at your local garden specialty store.

Fill the drainage dish that will be placed underneath the planting container halfway full of small rocks or pebbles. The planting container will rest on these, keeping it out of the water draining from it. If the container sits in pooled water for too long, the soil becomes waterlogged, increasing the chances of disease and fungal growth.

Feed the rose bush monthly to maintain proper nutrients. Use either an all-purpose plant food or specialized rose food. Follow the directions on the fertilizer's packaging.

Place the rose bush in an area in your home that receives full sunlight for most of the day. Roses can survive in partial sunlight, but generally do best in fully sunny locations.

Water the rose bush weekly. Roses receive frequent water outdoors via rainfall, but indoors, they rely solely on you for adequate water. The soil around the rose should be moist to the touch at all times, but never soaked.

Prune away and dead or dying foliage from the rose using sharp pruning shears. Cut where the dead or dying branch joins to the main stalk or cane of the rose.


On warm days, setting your rose bush outside for some fresh air can be beneficial.

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