Miniature roses are best planted in spring-and we'll ship your rose plants at just the right time. Plant your bareroot miniature roses after the ground has warmed enough to become workable and one to one-and-a-half months before the final frost date for your area. For example, if you live in Zone 7, your last frost date will be in early May-so you can plant in mid-March or early April.
Potted miniature roses should be planted after the last frost date, as these are often out of dormancy and actively growing, meaning that a hard frost could damage their foliage. Plant potted mini roses at the same depth as the container in which they were received.
Where is the best place to plant a miniature rose bush?
Miniature roses work beautifully in a wide variety of uses around the garden, and can even be grown indoors. These small-blooming roses are bred from wild roses, and tend to be incredibly hardy and easy to take care of, with excellent disease resistance and a forgiving nature. Miniature roses are lovely in pots and containers, and fill in small gardens with grace. Try planting miniature roses in porchside planters or tabletop displays. Or, mix them among your standard roses and let their short stems hide some of the "under-the-skirt" bare branches of your Hybrid Tea and Floribunda roses.
Miniature roses are fairly tolerant of a wide variety of locations, as long as they have good sunlight. Ideally, your roses should receive six hours per day or more of direct sun. They can handle a bit of shade, but miniature roses planted in shady spots will produce fewer blooms. Miniature roses are not overly picky about soil either, but, like other roses, mini roses perform best in well-drained soil high in organic material like compost or loam. Make sure to give your miniature roses plenty of space, as air circulation helps to mitigate mildew and disease. If you want to use your miniature rose as a houseplant, place it in a sunny location in the house.
What size pot should a mini rose bush be in?
Miniature roses have dainty blooms and thin stems, but they still spread, and they can develop decently-sized root systems. We recommend a five-gallon pot for your miniature rose for the first few years. While these roses can fit in smaller containers, they won't become established well, and smaller pots allow the soil to dry quickly. Plant in a large planter with plenty of depth, and keep your miniature rose watered consistently.
A note about soil-you can be sure to encourage root growth in your potted miniature roses by keeping the soil light and loamy. Add peat moss to your potting soil to make sure that the soil doesn't become hard and compacted. Miniature roses grown in pots are susceptible to drying out, and they don't receive the natural fertilization of ground-based nutrients. Keep your roses healthy with consistent watering, and provide bi-weekly applications of a flower-friendly fertilizer.
How long do miniature roses bloom?
Because miniature roses are bred from wild roses, these free-blooming plants flower continuously from spring to fall. Keep the spent blooms on your miniature roses deadheaded, and you'll see attractive flowers all summer.
If you're growing your miniature roses indoors, keep in mind that they will not bloom year-round. Like to other indoor-grown perennials, miniature roses need a cold period similar to what they would experience outdoors. Allow your roses to rest in a cool, dark place over winter, before placing them back in their sunny location for spring.
What soil and water care do mini roses need?
Most roses require about one inch of rainfall weekly during the growing season. Roses thrive in well-drained soil that is high in organic matter in a location that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight each day and ample space to allow plenty of air circulation. Check our Step-by-Step Guide to Planting Roses for more details and best practices when caring for miniature roses and other types of roses.