With varying heights up to 45cm (18in), the miniature rose is an
ideal plant for pots, rockeries and the front of the border. They
produce flowers in flushes throughout the summer - the flowers are
miniature rose versions of either the cluster-flowered or large
include 'Angela Rippon', 'Queen Mother', 'Happy Birthday' and 'Snow Magic'.
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Their petite size may look good indoors, but they will only survive a short
time in the dry, warm conditions. If you do take them indoors, restrict
it to a month or so, keep them in a cool airy room and spray them with water at least daily.
On the left is the miniature or patio rose 'Top Marks'.
Like most roses miniature rose prefer a full sun
position which helps to produce more and brighter flowers. A
semi-shade position is OK if they get at least half the day's sun.
Because of their more delicate root structure,
miniature roses need a good supply of water at all times. Where they
are in pots, this even more important. All miniature roses in open
ground will appreciate an annual mulch of well-rotted compost around
but not touching the stems. This will retain moisture and provide a
slow release source of food.
A regular application of rose fertiliser at the rate
described on the pack will benefit them greatly. Stop feeding around
for weeks before the last frost date in your area. This will make the
plants "harder" and more able to withstand the winter cold.
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pruning page for specific details on pruning miniature roses.