Miniature roses are real roses that have been carefully bred to remain small. Although tiny roses feature smaller blossoms than ordinary rose bushes, they are available in the same varieties and colors as their larger counterparts. Miniature roses are exceptionally hardy, despite their small size.
They are more winter-hardy than other roses and tend to be prolific repeat bloomers since they grew on their roots (rather than grafted onto the rootstock). Miniature roses have been cultivated since the 17th century, but the majority of them are genetic mutations of ancient garden roses or Asia roses.
They have many of the same core qualities as the spring varieties and perform best when planted in the spring. Miniature roses have a moderate growth rate and can be used as a border or garden edging. They’re also great in containers as specimen plants because they may be brought closer to eye level and adequately appreciated.
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Care for Miniature Roses
Plant and care for miniature rose bushes as you would full-size roses. To plant, dig a hole approximately a foot wide and the same depth as the roses’ pot. Remove the rose plant from the pot with care and carefully release the roots. If the plant’s roots are tightly bound, cut the sides of the root ball with a sharp knife to free the roots.
If your soil requires it, add some organic matter to the hole, then plant the rose bush in the center, with the roots spread out. Fill with dirt and carefully pat it down before applying a layer of mulch and watering properly. Because the roots of miniature roses are smaller than those of ordinary roses, the mulch will insulate them from the cold and aid in moisture retention.
The small roses, like other roses, thrive in the broad sun. Even though they can endure some shade, their foliage and blossoms will typically become scarce in shady areas. The best disease resistance and the most full, bloom-packed shrub can be achieved with at least six to eight hours of daily sunlight.
Roses want soil that is rich, well-drained, and loamy. Miniature roses are another popular plant for patio pots. If you choose this way, don’t use the dirt from your garden to fill your pots. Garden soil is excessively thick and can compact with the frequent waterings required for container plants, even suffocating the roots. Instead, buy bags of potting soil. Potting soil that is light and nutrient-rich drains well, which helps the plant prevent root rot.
The amount of water your rose bush requires is determined by the soil and weather conditions. As a general guideline, give roses at least 1 inch of water per week, which could mean watering them daily, every other day, or even just twice a week.
To encourage strong root development, water thoroughly and aim the hose at the plant’s base to avoid spraying the delicate blossoms directly. When compared to their full-sized cousins, tiny roses may require more frequent watering during periods of intense heat due to their smaller roots.
Humidity and Temperature
Miniature roses can endure a wide range of temperatures, although they thrive best in temps between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Because they can’t handle temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, bringing any shrubs in containers indoors is your best chance if you’re expecting a chill.
Although tiny roses thrive in pots and are frequently advertised as houseplants, many gardeners are dissatisfied with their indoor performance. They require full sunlight and medium humidity, just like regular roses. Supplemental light and humidity are required to grow them successfully indoors.
Roses can be heavy feeders, and because miniature roses bloom all year, fertilization is required regularly. Apply any commercial rose food or generic all-purpose fertilizer as directed on the label.
Feed your plant when it first leaves out and again after each big flush of blooms to maintain its health. To avoid fresh growth being killed back throughout the winter, stop feeding your roses six to eight weeks before the first forecast frost.
Miniature Roses: Different Types
Miniature roses exist in hundreds of varieties, just like full-sized roses. We’ll go over the following types of miniature roses in greater detail below:
- Climbers: Plants having a rambling, vertical growth habit such as climbers are miniature roses that can be trained to grow against walls or other supports.The only thing about these roses that makes them “miniature” is the size of their blossoms. In reality, the award-winning ‘Jeanne Lajoie’ cultivar isn’t small at all, reaching heights of more than 7 feet when properly grown. Similarly, the ‘Snowfall’ variety is a white everbloomer with canes ranging from 7 to 12 feet in length.
- Trailers: Trailers are miniature roses with a cascading growth habit that look great in baskets and draping over walls. The ‘Sequoia Gold’ variety has fragrant yellow double flowers that bloom all season, while the ‘Green Ice’ variety has unusual blooms that start apricot, open to double white flowers, and age to a cool, light green.
- Micro-mini: The tiniest of the miniature roses, reaching about 6 to 12 inches in height and yielding corresponding tiny flowers up to 1 inch in diameter. ‘Bambino’ boasts vivid orange blossoms on an 8 to 12-inch plant, while ‘Chasin’ Rainbows’ has yellow flowers with scarlet edges on an 8 to 12-inch plant.
Miniature Rose Pruning
Miniature roses, like other roses, should be pruned just before new growth begins in late winter or early spring. Hard pruning isn’t required; remove any dead or broken wood first, then trim back about one-third of the plant to keep it in shape and encourage new growth.
Miniature Roses Overwintering
It’s essential to prepare your miniature rose bushes for the winter, but how they react to the colder weather depends on various factors, including the age of the plant, your hardiness zone, and more. Winterizing your plants will help protect them from too much damage, ensuring that a hard frost or deep freeze does not permanently kill your bush.
When it comes to winterizing rose shrubs, collaring is among the most popular methods of keeping any species of rose bush protected from the weather. To use this method, start by removing all the rose bush’s leaves (but not the hips). To make a “collar,” tie the brush with twine and surround it with a wire hoop.
Fill the collar with drive leaves (such as those that have fallen from your yard’s trees) to help insulate the branches, and wrap the entire bush in burlap if desired. To insulate the roots and protect them from heavy snow or ice, cover the root zone and crown of the plant with additional soil, mulch, or straw.
Pests and Diseases That Are Common
Miniature roses, like larger roses, are susceptible to the same problems, such as black spot, a fungal disease. Powdery mildew is also a problem. Improve air circulation around your roses by planting each bush a few feet apart and watering the plant from the base of the roots rather than overhead to avoid both of these ailments.
Systemic rose-care solutions, like those used on other roses, can aid in the prevention of illnesses and the deterrence of pests. Permanently remove harmful debris and inspect for pest damage to young plants to ensure a healthy environment. Use an insecticide to treat any signs of infection as soon as possible.
How to Grow Miniature Roses and Get Them to Bloom
Like their full-sized counterparts, miniature roses begin blooming in mid-spring and continue through early fall (though some will bloom year-round with the proper conditions). Roses require at least six hours of sunlight per day and regular feedings to bloom (a soil mixture high in organic nutrients is also a bonus).
You can encourage repeat blooms from a continuously blooming varietal (such as ‘Fairy Moss’ and ‘Lemon Drift’) by deadheading any faded blooms before they reach the hip stage of the plant. It is possible to prevent the formation of hips from occurring, which will prevent the plant from entering dormancy, which is indicated by the production of seeds.