By: Raffaele Di Lallo, Author and founder of Ohio Tropics houseplant care blog
Did you know that you can keep roses as houseplants? Growingroses indoors is certainly possible if you can provide the right conditions foryour plant. The most common type of rose that is grown indoors is the miniaturerose. Let’s take a look at how you can keep a rose indoors.
If you have been wondering if you can grow roses indoors,the answer is yes, but you’ll need to know a few important things. The mostimportant aspect in indoor rose care is being able to provide enough light.Miniature roses require quite a bit of direct sun indoors in order to thrive.Provide at least 6 hours of direct sun. Southern or western exposure windowsare ideal.
Daytime temperatures of 70-75 F. (21-24 C.) and nighttimetemperatures of around 60 F. (15 C.) would be ideal. Avoid any cold draftsindoors, but if you can provide good air circulation, this will help minimizeinstances of diseases that roses tend to be prone to.
If your indoor air is exceedingly dry, they can be prone to spidermites indoors. To combat this, you can set your plant on top of a tray ofpebbles to which you have added a little water to. As the water evaporates, itwill increasethe humidity.
As far as watering, it is important to be very attentive tothe soil moisture needs of your miniature rose. Use your finger to judge ifyour plant needs water. If the surface of the soil feels damp, don’t water.Allow the top inch (approximately 2.5 cm.) of the soil to dry out and then giveyour plant a thorough watering. Never allow your rose to completely dry outbecause this can quickly be detrimental to your plant.
You should regularly fertilize your miniature roses duringperiods of active growth.
If you would like to move your rose outdoors during the warmmonths, be sure to place the plant in complete shade at first outside. Yourplant will need to hardenoff outdoors; otherwise, the rose will quickly burn. After you’ve had yourplant in complete shade for a few days, gradually increase the amount of sun soyou don’t shock and burn the leaves of your plant. Return your plant indoorsbefore the temperatures get too cold.
Be sure to removeany spent flowers regularly, as this will encourage more blooming. Removeany yellow or brown leaves as well. You will also want to periodically trim yourroses. Trim each cane back to right above the last leaf that has five leaflets.This will help encourage new growth and flowering.
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Grown in plants, boxes, beautiful wooden kegs or stone planters, the rose has firmly entered the concrete jungle. It has accommodated itself on balconies and terraces, and took even the highest floors.