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Miniature roses are a great choice for those with small spaces or who want flowers to fill empty spaces with. Below is more information about how to grow miniature roses.
These tiny roses are a great addition to any garden. Add them next to your other roses, mix them with other flowers, or fill a pot with these beautiful plants to add to your patio garden.
Growing miniature roses is very similar to growing regular roses. These are just a smaller version of traditional roses.
Caring for Miniature Roses
There are a variety of miniature roses available, just like their larger counterparts. The different types of mini roses out there require similar care. Most mini roses are very hardy and bloom many flowers for you to enjoy. Make sure to take good care of them to enjoy your mini roses for years.
My Recent Mini Roses Experience
As I said above, there are many types of miniature roses on the market. I recently had the chance to grow a hybrid miniature rose which I discuss in detail below.
Drift Roses are a cross between minature roses and groundcover roses. They are hardy and disease resistant, making them a great addition to your garden. I included them here since they are a smaller version of regular roses.
I received my Peach Drift roses from PlantingTree, a garden center located in North Carolina that delivers live plants all over the United States.
They arrived in a secure box with directions on how to plant them. The root ball was in a 3 gallon container. Beautiful, bright green leaves covered the plant.
Container Rose Plant
I have some areas of border that I can plant, but ultimately decided to plant my Drift roses in a container so I can take them with me when we move again.
I didn’t have a pot large enough for my new plant, so ended getting one at a nearby dollar store. They always have a great variety of gardening supplies, especially this time of year.
I drilled some holes in the pot to allow water to drain out. This is very important to do if you want to grow plants in containers. If there are no holes, and you water your container plant, water will sit at the bottom of the container, rotting the roots, ultimately killing your plant.
Once the pot was home and had holes drilled in it, I filled the bottom with one of my favorite potting mixes. With help from my husband, I gently placed the root ball in the container.
Watering Your Mini Roses
Planting Tree recommends filling the surrounding area with water, then adding more soil. I did this and added more water.
It’s best to do this in the morning, but water your roses whenever you can. New plants need to be watered more often until they become accustomed to their new home. Once this happens, you can water less.
Keep in mind that plants in containers need more water since containers tend to dry out more than plants grown in the ground.
Fertilizing Miniature Roses
The next thing PlantingTree recommends is fertilizing your new plant. I figured my roses had been through enough, so waited until the next day to do this.
Based on what type of fertilizer you use, make sure the plants roots are wet before adding fertilizer. If you add fertilizer to a dry plant, you run the tisk of burning it.
Roses typically need to be fertilized twice a year during the growing season. Based on what type of fertilizer you use, make sure the plants roots are wet before adding fertilizer. If you add fertilizer to a dry plant, you run the tisk of burning it.
Since you want to enjoy blooms from your roses as much as possible, have a fertilizer that will encourage flowers. There are plenty of rose fertilizers available that can help your roses grow.
I use one with a 4-6-2 ratio. This stands for 4% nitrogen, 6% phosphate, and 2% potash (potassium salt). Nitrogen helps the plant grow green and lots of leaves. Phosphate encourages root, flower, and seed growth. Potassium helps plants grow quickly and their stems strong.
Roses need a full day of sun, about 6 to 9 hours of sunlight a day. I’m still figuring out how much sun falls on certain parts of our new patio, but found a place for my new roses to get a good amount of sun. Once the days get longer, my roses will have plenty of sunlight!
How to Grow Miniature Roses
Right now the leaves are turning a beautiful bright green. I’m still waiting for blooms, but I haven’t had the plant for long so I’m sure they will grow in soon.
Do you have mini roses? What advice do you have about how to grow miniature roses? I would love to read your thoughts in the comments section below!