Miniature Roses: Complete guide for growing and taking care of mini roses

by Maria Konou

If you love roses but do not have the space for a big rose shrub, plant some miniature ones! Miniature roses can be grown both in the garden and in a pot at home. Mini roses are no different from their larger cousins except in size and fragrance. Do you want to learn how to grow mini roses in a container? This is a good solution for people who do not have a big garden or open space. These flowers are super easy to grow, but the only downside is that they are not that fragrant. Nevertheless, these beautiful flowers will make a great addition to every balcony or windowsill. So, why not learn how to grow beautiful miniature roses in a pot:

Let’s see how to take care of miniature roses like a pro

how to care for miniature roses

Types of mini roses suitable for a pot

Miniature roses grow relatively quickly and look amazing in a pot or as colorful garden edging. They are one of the most beautiful, low-maintenance flowers to decorate your balcony in the summer. Despite their small size, miniature roses are extremely hardy. Since they propagate by their own roots, they are more winter-hardy than most roses and tend to produce profuse and repeated blooms. Here are the most familiar and easy-to-grow varieties of this wonderful flower:

Tip: If you want to plant super aromatic flowers in your garden, check our article on the best smelling garden flowers.

Let’s see which are the easiest miniature roses you can grow 

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Mini roses Dr. Chan (Dr. KC Chan)

  • color – yellow, slightly fragrant.
  • plant height – 30 to 60 cm.
  • required pot size – 30 to 45 cm.
  • flowering – late spring, early summer
  • blooms repeatedly

Mini Roses Kiss (Salute)

  • color – dark red
  • plant height – 30 to 60 cm
  • required pot size – 38 to 45 cm
  • flowering – late spring, early summer
  • blooms more than once
  • other details – black dots may appear

There is nothing quite like a red rose

indoor plants: a red rose in a pot against a white wall background

Mini Ivory Palace Roses (Ivory Palace)

  • color – white
  • plant height – 30 to 45 cm
  • required pot size – 30 to 40 cm
  • flowering – late spring, early summer, blooms more than once
  • other details- it is resistant to black dots, mold, and rust

Autumn Splendor (Autumn Splendor)

  • color – yellow and red.
  • plant height – 60 to 120 cm.
  • required pot size – about 11 liters, should be moved every 2, 3 years.
  • flowering – late spring, all summer, and autumn.

The colors of autumn in a rose 

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Mini Roses Arcanum

  • color – white with red edges
  • plant height – 40 to 60 cm
  • required pot size – 11 liters and should be repotted every two, or three years.
  • flowering – spring, summer, and autumn.

Mini roses Winter Magic

  • color – white
  • plant height – 30 to 60 cm.
  • required pot size – 11 liters
  • flowering – late spring, early summer, blooms repeatedly.

If you love frosty white roses, then this one is for you

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Flowers of coffee bean (Coffee Bean)

  • color – dark reddish-brown
  • plant height: 40 to 60 cm
  • required pot size: 11 liters
  • flowering – from late spring to autumn

Sequoia Gold Mini Roses (Sequoia Gold)

  • color – yellow
  • plant height: 30 to 40 cm
  • required pot size: 11 liters
  • flowering – late spring, early summer

Choose a rose color that you will love looking at every day

miniature roses in pots

Basic care guide for miniature roses in a pot

This is what roses generally like in terms of sunlight, water, temperature

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Choosing the right pot

If you have decided that you are going to grow roses in a pot, you should start by choosing a suitable container in which to plant them. The bigger the pot, the better, because this type of flower has a developed root system that also needs extra space to grow. In addition, a larger pot keeps the soil moist for longer, which is to your advantage. Choose a light-colored pot so that it does not draw too much sun onto itself and cause the soil to dry out. Every 3 years, go to a larger size.

Go for a pot that is longer so that there is enough space for the roots

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Ensure good drainage

To prevent your roses from getting sick quickly, you need to ensure good drainage. Make sure the pot has enough holes and check that the water drains away, otherwise there is a risk of the roots rotting. Remember that roses need to be watered regularly – in the hottest weeks they may need to be watered every day. Water when you see that the topsoil has dried and the soil underneath is slightly damp. Water in the morning and be careful not to get the leaves too wet, as roses can catch fungus or get sick.


Roses like rich, well-drained, loamy soil. We do not suggest using soil from your garden, since it will become lumpy over time and disrupt normal water drainage. Instead, buy garden soil because it is light, nutrient-rich, and drains well, helping the plant avoid root rot.

Do not use soil from your garden to plant your mini roses

hand reaching out to touch growing plant in the garden

Watering miniature roses

Roses love water and should be therefore watered quite regularly. A general rule of thumb when growing roses is to provide enough water every week – this could mean daily watering, every other day, or even just twice a week. Water when the topsoil is dry.

Roses absolutely love water

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Temperature and humidity for mini roses

Roses are the ultimate heat-loving plants. The optimum air temperature is around 20 degrees. They can withstand temperatures down to 0 degrees.

Give your miniature roses lots of sun

Like all roses, miniature roses love the sun. Mini roses are light-loving flowers, so you need to give them at least 5-6 hours of constant sun. If you can bring the pot inside in winter, place it in a south or west-facing window.

All roses have one thing in common – their love for sunlight 

aphids on miniature roses

Clean regularly

Roses won’t bloom or survive long if you do not clean the over bloomed flowers or dead leaves. If you are growing a perennial variety, you should prune the plant each spring and remove dead or damaged branches and stems.

Tip: If you find some pests near or on your plant, make sure to check these organic pest control remedies. These recipes are zero-waste and chemical-free! It’s a win-win!

Roses need to be cleaned regularly 

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Keep mini roses out of the wind

When choosing where to put your pot of roses, you need to watch out for wind and drafts as well as sunlight. Roses like to be in a lee, otherwise, they get injured and sick easily, and the soil dries out more quickly, requiring more frequent watering.

Roses do not like powerful winds and drafts

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Don’t forget to fertilize

Roses are one of the plants that require more amounts of fertilizer, and mini roses are no exception. Miniature roses want rich, nutritious soil to grow healthy and bloom. Invest in a better soil mix and combine it with compost for natural nourishment. Add a specialized rose fertilizer every month, but stop feeding towards the end of summer if you want the flower to overwinter outdoors. You should not fertilize during the colder months.

Tip: The best fertilizers come from organic compost that you can make in your yard. Another great option is to take a look at these homemade indoor plant fertilizers, where you will find all-natural, zero-waste recipes to try!

Roses need frequent fertilization to grow and bloom

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Miniature Roses: Frequently Asked Questions

How often do I water mini roses in a pot?

It is best to water your rose once every 3 days during the warm months and once a week during the cold months.

Where do I keep the pot of mini roses at home?

The miniature rose, like any rose, likes lots of sun, and so is best placed in a south-facing window.

How often do I feed mini roses in a container?

Miniature roses are fed with a light fertilizer every 2 waterings during flowering. During the cold months, there is no need to fertilize.

This guide for growing roses is perfect for all rose enthusiasts

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Maria Konou

Maria Konou is a specialist in the field of digital marketing and fashion. However, she has always had a way with words. That’s what led her to her dream job here at Archzine. She has worked in many different fields over the years, but according to her, being an author has been the most rewarding. Maria is a huge plant enthusiast, loves everything fashion-related, is very sustainably aware, and is always open to learning about new things.