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How to Grow Long-Stem Roses

By Hollan Johnson ; Updated September 21, 2017

Long-stem roses are usually only sold by florists, and every Mother’s Day, the price of long-stem roses skyrockets. They are beautiful with a long slender stem and a lovely single bloom. It would be nice if the home gardener could produce such perfect roses. Unfortunately, it is not that simple. Growing long-stem roses is not easy and takes a lot of work. However, if you have a greenhouse you might be able to grow long-stem roses.

Prepare your greenhouse. Long-stem roses need to be grown in a greenhouse because they need to be grown under very specific climate conditions. The temperature should be around 80 degrees Fahrenheit with a humidity between 60 and 70 percent. It is impossible for roses grown outside to have this climate constantly.

Prepare the containers for the long-stem roses. Be sure they are well-drained. Long-stem roses need a lot of water, but they do not need their roots to be drowned by it.

Plant your long-stem roses. They can be planted at any time because they are in a greenhouse. Place them in a container larger than the one they came in. Fill the rest of the container with a mixture of high-quality potting soil and compost. Pat down firmly.

Water your long-stem roses regularly, about two times a week. Be sure the soil is kept moist but not sopping wet. Apply rose fertilizer on a biweekly basis or per the manufacturers guidelines.

Prune back any extra buds on each stem, allowing only the top-most rose to remain. This ensures that flower will be the largest and the stems will be long, hence the name long-stem rose. Prune extra buds as they occur.

Deadhead any dead blossoms as they occur.


Things You Will Need

  • Greenhouse
  • Pruning shears


  • Apply the water to the base of the plant so it can reach the roots. Do not spray the long-stem roses with water.


  • Do not over fertilize your long-stem rose. It can burn the plant.

About the Author


Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer and contributing editor for many online publications. She has been writing professionally since 2008 and her interests are travel, gardening, sewing and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Johnson taught English in Japan. She has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.