Flower Patch Cottage reader, Beverly, asked how to take care of indoor miniature roses and keep them alive. Here is our answer…
Miniature roses strive best outdoors, but are regularly used indoors on windowsills, where they will bloom if given the right care. However, it is advised to eventually relocate your minis to the outdoors or even your porch, as they are categorized as temporary houseplants.
Give water to your mini- roses before they go completely dry. Remember to throw away any excess water if you are using a catchment under your planter, and thoroughly water about an inch deep if the soil ever goes completely dry.
Miniature roses love a humid environment. Your home may be too dry, as most times, the average home is. It helps a lot if you make it a routine to mist your plants. Also, placing your planter in a container with water is good. But make sure to put pebbles in the container and let the planter sit on them. The water in the container should always be lower than the pebbles, as you do not want the water to touch the roots. That would cause them to rot.
Mini roses prefer heat. If it gets too cold, they might stop blooming for a while. Here is a good article that explains the best temperature conditions for your mini- roses based on where they are from, and if they are potted or planted in your garden.
Experts advise that you give your indoor miniature roses at least 5 hours of sunlight daily. Setting up grow lights for your indoor minis would help to make that less of a challenge.
Giving your indoor plants some fertilizer can help them to strive and keep them alive. If you see signs of your miniature roses struggling, it may be wise to transplant them outdoors before it’s too late.