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Beauty comes in Small Packages: Caring for your Miniature Roses

Miniature roses may be smaller than their full-grown counterparts, but they are never lacking in their eye pleasing allure. These roses come in the same rainbow of hues as any other type of rose can, and are also subject to the same potential problems with pests and a need for the proper conditions to thrive. Often these tiny beauties are kept in containers indoors, at least for their first season or two, where conditions can be closely monitored and the plants have some protection from the environment. However, you will undoubtedly want to eventually move these bloomers to a special place in your garden where they can be enjoyed in your outdoor landscape. Before you run out to purchase your first miniature rose, there are some things that you should know about the care of these little beauties.

The Proper Conditions

If you plan to keep your miniature rose indoors, and this is not a bad idea for the first year, make sure that your plant will have the proper growing conditions. This includes a very sunny spot, and may even require additional lighting than what nature will offer through your window. Your miniature rose will also need to be watered frequently, and should never be allowed to dry out completely. Daily water checks are usually in order for these little bloomers. These types of roses also require plenty of humidity, which you can add with a room humidifier, or by keeping a pan of water underneath or next to your plant. As the water evaporates from the container, your roses will be able to soak up the moisture. Especially dry climates may even require a combination of these two methods.

Miniature roses, like most other species of this type, will also need to be fed regularly and checked for pest infestation frequently. It is a good idea to select a fertilizer that is high in potassium and offer it to your plant once a week. While a liquid fertilizer can be a good choice, make sure that your solution is not too strong for your miniature rose’s delicate roots. When in doubt, you can ask your local nursery for recommendations on the right type of fertilizer and the proper solution to use. Your indoor miniature rose will also be vulnerable to pests like whiteflies and spider mites, so check the leaves frequently for signs of infestation. If you suspect that your plant needs treatment, you can use a soap and alcohol spray – again, ask your local nursery for assistance in finding the right product.

Miniature roses can be a beautiful addition to your home or garden landscape. With the proper care, you will be able to enjoy your miniature blooms for many, many seasons to come.


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