Houseplant Care Tips

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Houseplant Care Tips

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Miniature Rose Plant Care

Common Name: Miniature Rose (Parade Rose)
Scientific Name: Rosa hybrids
Lighting: Bright Light
Watering: Heavy

The Miniature Rose also called Parade Rose among other names, is an extremely common and beautiful houseplant. To me Miniature Roses seem to add a bit of elegance to a home. These houseplants require more work than most houseplants. Caring for a Miniature Rose is similar to their full-sized version.

Miniature Roses require a lot of bright light; so keep the plant right next to a window receiving sunlight a good portion of the day. If the stems begin to reach and the plant seems to be thinning or spreading out, it is not receiving enough light.

These houseplants are need lots of water. For best results, water your Miniature Rose at least twice a week. They also require high humidity levels, so provide it with a weekly misting or more.

Miniature Rose plants are also prone to spider mites and other pests. If the appearance of pests is seen, spray the plant with a soapy dishwater mixture at least twice a day for about a week. If this does not seem to be getting rid of your pests, visit your local garden center for an organic spray. One thing you can do to help prevent pests from attacking your plant is to give it a weekly shower!

To keep your plant in a nice full shape, prune the plant regularly. Just think of the full size version. When you cut roses from that to bring inside for a vase, you're pruning the plant, so after a flower is done blooming cut the stem back.

These houseplants can be quite a challenge from what I've read. I've had mine for a little over two months now. It seems to be doing fine, but I've read a lot about how these are some challenging plants indoors. I would like your help. A few of the sites I was researching had mentioned that this houseplant if kept indoors should be moved outdoors after a year to prevent attracting pests to your other houseplants plus you'll see best results outdoors. Has anyone else heard this?

Please share any care tips and experiences with these plants!


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Blogger Vilmarys said...

I've had mines for about 1 1/2 years and I know nothing about it except what I've read so far in the websites. It's growing very thin and I do not want it to die. What should I do???

6:40 PM  
Blogger drayas said...


Does your Rose seem to be reaching for light? Usually thinning it due to lack of enough light.

How much direct sunlight does your plant receive?


10:00 PM  
Blogger Vilmarys said...

It wen way past the needing light stage. I asked a florist and he told me that it's going to die if I don't plant it outside. So I left it outside in the window. I feel bad cause the weather is freezing outside. But supposedly that won't hurt it. What do u think?

2:06 PM  
Blogger drayas said...


In my opinion, you got bad advice. I've had mine for awhile and my mom has had one for over 2 years.

I think your Rose will die now that you have placed it outside. Yes, you can plant these outside, but they need proper winter care just as a normal rose.

Since yours is just on the window, it is not established in the outdoor soil, it has no snow protection for insultation, and I even cover my outdoor roses in the winter.

Maybe it will make it, depending where you are and how harsh your winters are. I hope it does.

Please keep me posted in the spring if it comes back or not.


10:51 PM  
Blogger Vilmarys said...

Its going to die! Now this guy told me to replant it in a bigger pot and bring it inside. Help I dont know what to do. I dont want it to die. :-(

2:58 PM  
Blogger drayas said...


I don't know what to tell you. If it's been outside for awhile, I think I would leave it outside and see if it comes back in the spring. Or you could try bringing it in right away and see if it springs back.

I really don't know what to say. They gave you bad advice when they told you to put it outside in the first place, so this is new territory for me.

Please keep me posted.


1:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bought a Miniature Rose at the Grocery store in February of 08, and put it right next to my Southern-facing windows. I forgot to water it many times and found it completely dry, but it still had new growth. Once I realized that it needed to be moist all of the time, I started watering it twice a week and it was still bone-dry on the days in between waterings. However, it has survived all of this, so I think it is a hardy plant. Or, at least mine is. I just replanted it today, April 9, in a bigger plastic pot because it was getting a little too large for the disposable one it came it. It looks beautiful. I also took it outside and misted it with water.

7:30 PM  
Anonymous olivia mcglothlin said...

I just just purchased a miniature rose from a grocery store 7/12/08. I have never had one but my other inside plants due great. This little baby was dying due to lack of water I believe. Please HELP! It was in real bad shape: leaves falling off, only one live bud, etc. Also at present I am on workers comp. and have NO income so please give me all help possible. Also it was listed as a miniature rose. What is the difference of a tea cup rose if any. Thanks for all your help!

12:11 AM  
Blogger drayas said...

olivia mcglothlin,

It sounds like you need to water it more often. Depending on how well the soil is holding the water, you may want to water it daily. Also be sure it is receiving bright light.


3:30 PM  
Anonymous RosaCityofLeeds said...

Just some more pruning tips - stems and sideshoots of miniature roses should be cut back by about a third to one half, in late winter or early spring.

6:46 AM  
Blogger orodwen said...

My husband bought a mini for me during the 3rd week of October. We had a family emergency & we had to be out of town so I left the little plant with my next door neighbour who is very good with plants.

Upon returning I snipped the remaining dead blooms off that my neighbor had not removed yet and put the bush in my kitchen window, which faces N-NE. I've watered it regularly & since October it has put off new growth & even has a bud on it, which is a bit higher than the rest of the bush. I am not sure if I should prune the bud off or let it bloom. The plant is filling in nicely otherwise; it doesn't appear leggy at all other than the stem that the bud is on.

It seems to be quite happy in the location I put it in. Is it normal for minis treated as houseplants to bloom in December?

11:16 AM  
Blogger drayas said...


Your miniature rose blooming now is fine. It means you're doing a great job of caring for it. Many times this plant is difficult to keep as a houseplant because it goes through cycles like an outdoor plant. If it's blooming again, I say congrats on a great green thumb!!!


8:38 AM  
Anonymous MMS said...

I got four mini-roses in a pot in an office contest in late Aug '08. All four plants seemed healthy, if small (4"-5" tall) and three were blooming. Since my roommates at the time had a herd of destructive cats I was forced to put the roses in a dark room because it was one the cats didn't have access to.

Before I moved to a new house in Oct '08 three of the little roses died from lack of light and poor watering. In my new house I put the survivor on a well-lit windowsill and I water it every day or two.

The survivor put out new growth like crazy and and even put out a bud.

Similar to orodewn's rose, the bud's stem was much longer than any of the others. I let it develop and it bloomed the week of Christmas. After the flower was fully opened I pruned it off at the first big leaf. It's already starting to put out a new shoot to replace the stem I cut off.

I'm pretty much letting it do what it wants, except for pruning off leaves that seem to be crowding each other. I have noticed that the most recent new leaves are taking longer to get dark green than the earlier ones did, but I think that's because sunlight is so scarce this time of year in my area.

The only thing I can think of to explain why one lived and the other three died is that it had better established roots... or maybe just luck.

Jan 8 2009

1:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Being in the NE Winters, my having the parade rose in the window for light was too cold, so I but a Compact Flourescent Bulb in my range hood over the stove and it seemed to revive with new growth. I guess the artificial warmth and light helped, but now some leaves are turning yellowish. Is that a water,heat,or bug issue?? Am new with this plant, so appreciative for any info to keep this little guy alive.

12:10 PM  
Blogger AkDachsLvr said...

I have 3 miniature rose plants that I have had for 3 years, they bloom all year long. When they are finished blooming and if they start looking a little unhappy I cut them way back, they basically start over and in a month or so I have a bushy plant and tons of blooms. Mine literally bloom all year. I try to keep them watered and I put them out on my deck in the summertime. They are pretty easy keepers and I love that they bloom all year long, brightens up my day to have roses in January and February.

10:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have one for a month now, it had one flower when I bought it plus plenty of buds that looked ready to open. The one flower didn't last long, seemed to dry out at the stem, same with all the other buds bar one, which managed to briefly open before falling off. I water regularly every 2-3 days. A lot of the lower leaves have fallen off too, plus some of the new growth. The soil never gets too dry, so is it the lack of humidity? It's in a very warm & dry room, but gets plenty of light. Had one a good few years back but didn't last long, never flowered after I bought it..., don't want the same to happen this one... any help appreciated!

9:59 AM  
Blogger drayas said...


Minature Roses are very touchy in terms of water. Try giving it more water and misting daily to bring up the humidity level.


11:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in payson arizona and i have two miniture roses that i have in containers outside-Morning sun and they are big and beautiful.Try it.

1:16 AM  
Blogger ServerChick said...

My stepmother just gave me a minature rose plant for my birthday and I will just say this: I don't do plants. I am pretty sure I killed a cactus and I hear that is near impossible to do. Somebody please help me!! I live in Michigan, its the middle of winter, and I live in an apartment. I would love to overcome my subconcious fear of houseplants, and it seems as though this is going to be tough one!

5:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I Just got a mini rose over valentines day and it was in a tiny pot and it was about 3 inches tall so i replanted it...was that a good thing to do? And i also heard every ince in awhile when you water a rose give it waterd down coffe that the caffine will elp it thrive... Is tht true also???

11:32 AM  
Blogger AkDachsLvr said...

I've had my miniature roses for 5 years. They've survived bugs,drought, winter, summer, etc. I live in Alaska so I keep mine inside most of the time. They winter in a cool room by a north facing window. I cut them back 3-4 times a year. They do try to get spindly on me, but I just cut them back and they bush out and bloom like crazy. They actually will bloom all year round, which is nice in winter. I only use water and water them very good 1-2 times a week. If it is warm enough in summer I put them out on the deck. Mine are hardy little plants. You can always cut them way back, I was nervous about this at first, but they survive it well and then they do not have to spend energy trying to nourish leaves way out from the base of the plant.

1:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a mini rose and It had spidermites. I got this oily bug spray from the plant nursery and I applied way too much and it killed all the leaves. I did not realize to use only 2 tbsp per gallon of water. I just directly sprayed the plant. Some stems are still green and I was wondering if I just keep watering it if it will evenutally get new shoots on it. I got it for mothers day and I would feel horrible if i just give up on it. Any advice?

11:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yesterday I my mom got me some mini roses because they were on discount. They are in pretty bad shape. There are 2
6-inch pots with 6 mini rose bushes in each. Could they be overcrowded? Anyway, about half of them in each pot are drying out. I'm pretty good with plants, but I used to have a mini rose and it died, so I'm worried.... Help...

2:13 PM  
Blogger Georgeanna said...

I recieved several Mini roses as gifts over the years. I do plant them outside as soon as the weather permits. They have all done beautifully. I am amazed at how hardy they are and how they have grown. I live in southern Pennsylvania so we do have cold, freezing winters. Still in the spring they are one of the first to show life and produce beautiful buds and roses.....

8:43 AM  
Blogger e. said...


I just got my mini rose as a gift almost a week ago, I look forward to keepin it up and growing.But, Does anyone think it might be a great idea to start misting my plant with some pest spray to keep from getting spider mites? They dont sound pleasant and I wouldnt want to kill my first plant for not taking proper care.

Thank you,


1:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Roses like full sun (direct sunlight), if your rose doesn't bloom, has poor color, or is growing thin, the problem is lack of light. You can replace a nearby light bulb with a compact fluorescent light. If the soil is always wet and the leaves are falling off, you are watering too frequently. If the leaves are turning yellow, it needs fertilizer. The roots take up about the same amount of space as the above ground plant, so transplant accordingly. It might drop a few leaves as it adjusts to its new home. Prune it back by 1/3 after it blooms to next 5 leaflet leaf. If your rose isn't doing well inside, put it outside on nice days and plant it outside after the threat of frost is over. It should overwinter once it gets established outdoors. It will appreciate full sun, compost, and some mulch. Don’t plant them too deep. The roots go below ground, the stems should stay above. The stems will rot if they get covered. Good luck!

5:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i live in the southern US and i have found that mini roses grow very well outside in this area but you have to be careful of deer and many other pests. i have one in the house i have to move alot because i don't have a widow that gets sun all day. i have never had problems with pests inside.

3:02 AM  
Blogger Arizona Abbotts said...

I received a mini rose plant for Mother's Day. Recently I have noticed tiny black bugs flying around the house. I wonder if these bugs could be from the plant? I transplanted it about two weeks ago into a larger planter. It is doing very well; lots of new leaves etc. My planter is one with a "lip" so I water it from the bottom. A couple days ago I noticed the soil is nearly white. Does anyone know what this is and if the bugs could be coming from the plant. Yes, I have seen these tiny bugs near the plant.

9:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a miniature rose bush that has survived all summer and looks pretty good considering I know little to nothing about plants. What do I need to do now that it's getting colder outside? I have cats indoors and really no where to put it that it won't be messed with. Would it be ok to leave it outside in the pot and move it to the porch when it freezes? Any help would be appreciated!

5:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a mini tea rose potted inside. I've had it for about two weeks, already looking bad. Watered it twice so far, the soil is like clay or mud now, the leaves are turning yellow, the flowers are going crunchy and brown. It's not in direct sunlight, but in a fairly sunny room. What should I do? Second one going bad on me, and I'm determined to have this plant in this spot. What should I do? Feel like it's a watering situation. Should I water more, or have I watered too much? How many times a week, how much?

10:05 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I would break the dirt up around it. The sunlight is good for the plant. If it is too wet let it dry out. Cut it back. Cut back below all the yellow leaves. Cut all dead blooms off. Leave it alone for a bit and see if that helps. Mine always do better if I leave them be. I have 6 now and have had them outside all winter here in AR, they are doing good, but we have had a mild winter. Still I have not watered them, my husband may have given them a drink or two, but just let nature do its thing. Roses are actually pretty hardy and I find that cutting them way back helps them heal and regenerate, but they really do not like to be overwatered.

11:21 PM  
Blogger Arizona Abbotts said...

I was told to put my plant in a pot with a hole at the bottom. I water about once week from bottom and plant is fine...even had new roses blooming. I water from top every 2 months. The plastic pot is made by Misco. I got mine at Walmart. Hope this helps.

12:15 PM  
Anonymous Raven said...

I just started with my mini roses and when do I prune them? Do I wait for them to fully open then cut them or do I wait for a petal or two to fall first then cut them?

9:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have what seems to be a miniture rose plant but its flowers dried because i left it in the sun without water for a day

10:27 PM  
Anonymous PaigeKat said...

Hello! I have been interested in gardening for a while, but have never had time in the past. I have always raised African Violets and have a small shade garden with hostas and a Bleeding Heart, but I have never done anything that requires as much care as a rose. I have a few questions that you can hopefully answer:

1) Is it okay to put my miniature rose outside in the summer? We have mild to hot summers where I live, and the temperature usually stays between about 60 degrees F. at night, and rarely gets above 90 during the day.

2) How do I prune a rose? I have never even had an outdoor rose, so I have no idea what that requires. Do I need a special tool?

3) I started with one plant, but it appears to have sprouted off into three plants now, all living in the same pot. Are these really separate plants, or are they connected? Either way, can I transport one of them to another pot, or would that hurt the flowers?

I currently have my rose in a large window, where it gets about 4 hours of direct sunlight and a couple hours of indirect light every day. I water it daily, and try to remove any dying leaves/blooms when I see them. Is there anything else I should be doing? Any advice is greatly appreciated!


4:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I planted my mini roses outside about 4 years ago. I prune after each flower dies and water them every spring with a root booster. They have now grown bigger than my regular roses and produce flowers till late fall.

4:54 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I keep mine outside all summer, I did that in Alaska and do it now in Arkansas. I just make sure they have plenty of water and I give them a little food. I do prune them often so they stay bushy. I keep mine in pots and usually bring them inside in the winter. Mine are now about 6 years old and they even survived the moving van. They bloom all year when I bring them in.

10:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Em... I think my husband killed my plant. He said he watered it every other day and even opened the window ( sometimes ) while the kids and I went home for a month. He pretty much killed all my other plants. Idk how, I left him instructions on how to run the house lol. Anywho. My rose bush is mostly green and then some yellow green leaves. I figured it was due to over watering. I pruned it up and repotted it into a bigger pot. It's been about a week, and with doing everything I am supposed to do, it still looks blah. But alive? Idk. Considering that we are in Hawaii, I put it outside on the back porch where it gets a good amount of sun and I mist it when it's dry. Im thinking maybe I need to change the soil? I'm using just the basic potting mix with moisture control. Can anyone help?

2:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I received a beautiful little mini rose plant for Mother's Day this year. I have re-potted the plant and it seems to be doing very well. I live in a small apartment that has no sunlight due to large trees. However, I keep my plant under a small lamp on my desk and it seems to be doing fine. The two blooms have since withered and will be pruning them. There are more leaves growing but no buds yet. I am hopeful!

1:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I keep my miniature roses potted, outside all the weather gets colder, I put them in the garage...they will go dormant , just like the outside garden variety...water occasionally, because as you know, your outside plants will be kept moist with rain and snow.....when they start to leaf out in the spring and when the weather warms into the 70's , I put them back outside and spray them with Spectracide 3 in 1 Insect, Disease Control + Fertilizer.....My roses all LOVE IT....I can only find it at LOWE'S....I have been doing this for several years and have had no problem keeping these little beauties growing !!

11:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's probably still alive, since it still has a few green leaves. Prune the dead leaves and any dead blooms it might have. Also, make sure the soil is always moist, not flooded. You might also want to add some fertilizer if you haven't in awhile.

9:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I received a Mini Rose plant for Mother's Day. It had several buds on it but they have turned brown and never opened. Plant itself looks lush and green with new buds now appearing. However, the remaining buds are continuing to turn brown. Any suggestions as to what is happening and if there is anything I can do to resolve the problem? All help is appreciated!

8:55 AM  
Blogger Shasha Skead said...

I just got my second mini rose after I mistakenly threw my first one out, thinking it to be dead... I felt unusually cruel and dumb... the one I have had buds and blooms but after the blooms where done the buds turned yellow and dropped, lack of lighting? Can I use the cool tone incandescent bulbs for lighting, it has a 5000 k light out put, would they work? I can't afford grow lights. But don't want to lose my minis?:(

10:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Alberta Canada I have planted mine outside, it comes back every year. -40C

5:13 PM  
Blogger Jerome A said...

I live in San Diego CA where there is plenty of daylight. I planted my miniature roses outside and seems to be dying. It is getting plenty of sunlight throughout the day. Please help.

7:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I have been over watering my prayer plant. The leaves are turning yellow. I decided to take it out of the pot to investigate and found my plant root bound as well as round bulb looking things that are white and a little bigger than a pea.what are these? Should I cut them off? I wish I could post pictures.

2:29 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hi my name is Autumn and I have 3 mini roses dispersed through my home. Recently the leaves on 2 of my plants while still perfectly green and healthy looking have just decided to jump off the plant, stems and all!! I thought it was spider mites but have been vigorously treating for them but my plants are still throwing off large amounts of leaves attached to stems. What do I do?!

3:22 PM  

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