Information on Miniature Roses
Miniature roses are actual roses but bred to stay small in size. Most
mini roses also have smaller flowers than standard rose bushes but they
come in a variety of types and colors. Miniature roses are quite hardy
plants despite their small size. In fact, they are more winter hardy than
most tea roses. Miniature roses also tend to be repeat bloomers which is
an advantage in adding them to your gardens. Listed below are a few of
the more popular miniature roses.
Climbers: Minis with a vertical growth habit and can become trained to
grow against supports.
Miniflora: An American Rose Society classification for newly developed
mini roses that have a slightly larger plant and bloom size than
Micro-Mini: Term for the smallest mini roses.
Trailers: Minis with a cascading growth habit that are wonderful in
baskets, window boxes and over walls.
In planting your miniature roses, you plant just like full size roses.
Dig a hole the same depth as the pot the rose came in and about a foot
wider. Carefully loosen the rose from the pot and remove while gently
loosening the roots. If the plant seems to be tightly root bound, use a
knife to slit the sides of the root ball and try again to loosen the
roots. Place the rose bush in the center of the hole with roots spread
out. Place soil in the hole and press firmly. Before applying a layer of
mulch be sure to thoroughly water your rose bush. In feeding, regular
fertilizing is necessary all season. Use general purpose fertilizer or
commercial rose food and follow instructions on label. End feedings
approximately six to eight weeks before first expected frost.
When watering your rose, bush the amount required depends on the local
soil and weather. An inch or so of water per week should be sufficient
unless there are dry spells wherein you will need to water more
frequently. Water the rose bush deeply so the soil is wet a minimum of
twelve to eighteen inches below the surface. Try not to wet the leaves
during humid weather to omit fungal disease. Pruning is not a big issue
with miniature roses. Prune before new growth starts in early spring.
Just prune back around one third of the plant to maintain shape and
encourage new growth.
Miniature roses are just as suspect to diseases as larger roses. Always
keep an eye out for early signs of insect damage and treat quickly.
Miniature roses are great in the house too. Most are disappointed by
their performance indoors and realize being roses they need lots of sun
and good humidity. Most roses if given for gifts will be long lasting if
transplanted outdoors. Miniature roses if properly cared for can give
you years of enjoyment and bring color, fragrance and vibrancy to your
yard. Whether adorning a seaside cottage trellis, adorning the stone at
the Vanderbilt House or growing wildly along your fenced driveway,
miniature roses are timeless and bring spectacular images to the most
discriminate of gardeners.