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How to Care for a Snow Rose Plant

By Jennifer Loucks ; Updated September 21, 2017

The snow rose plant is a low growing upright shrub with small variegated or dark green leaves that produce white or pink flowers in the summer season. Snow rose is native to Japan where it was commonly used as a bonsai plant. This sub-tropical plant species is trainable as a bonsai if you are able to give it the maintenance required as it is susceptible to complications due to stress. The plant can also be grown indoors as a standard houseplant.

Plant snow rose in a quality general purpose potting medium that is well aerated. Add sand and peat moss to the soil mixture if it packs tightly. The soil should drain well yet retain moisture. Make sure the pot has a drainage hole at the bottom.

Place the plant in a location that offers indirect sunlight from the south, east or west direction. The sunlight should be bright yet not directly hitting the plant.

Water the snow rose to keep it moist at all times. Check the acidity of the soil if using rainwater. Water the plant based on the soil moisture instead of a weekly schedule to prevent over watering.

Fertilize the snow rose plant every two weeks during the growing period with a water soluble fertilizer. Do not fertilize immediately after planting.

Inspect the plant for the presence of spider mites as snow rose is susceptible. Isolate the plant if infested with spider mites. Increase the humidity of the plant by misting it two to three times a day with water. Mist the plant with an even mixture of rubbing alcohol and water to kill the mites. The plant can be moved once the spider mites have been eliminated.

Prune the plant in the spring season to keep the shape. Pinch off leaves with your fingers and remove sprouts that grow from the base. Remove black branches as these signify rot.

Repot the plant on a yearly basis in the spring. Prune the roots every two to three years when training the plant to become a bonsai by removing large roots and those that circle the pot.


Things You Will Need

  • Snow rose plant
  • General purpose potting medium
  • Sand
  • Peat moss
  • Pot with drainage hole
  • Water
  • Water soluble fertilizer
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Hand pruner


  • The snow rose plant can be trained to be a bonsai through aggressively pruning the the plant top and root structure.

About the Author


Jennifer Loucks has been writing since 1998. She previously worked as a technical writer for a software development company, creating software documentation, help documents and training curriculum. She now writes hobby-based articles on cooking, gardening, sewing and running. Loucks also trains for full marathons, half-marathons and shorter distance running. She holds a Bachelor of Science in animal science and business from University of Wisconsin-River Falls.