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If you love to garden with roses but have limited space, think small for these flowers. Consider growing miniature roses in containers and develop blooms spring, summer, and fall.

These tiny imps are true roses with mini-sized flowers. Certainly, miniature roses are defined as plants with blooms that are 1 1/2 inches across, more or less. Most of these roses were developed from Rosa chinensis 'Minima' and are tiny versions of floribunda roses.

Variety of color blooms and scents

More and more popular with beginning gardeners and experts alike using containers, miniature roses come in a variety of flowers and color blooms with scents that fluctuate from slight to intense. They can also be found with single or double blossoms. Other characteristics of these gorgeous flowers include well-formed buds, closely spaced foliage, free flowering tendencies and disease resistance blooms. These small roses are winter-hardy, including those decorative flowers you find in florist shops or grocery stores themselves in containers. Inquire at nurseries or garden centers about miniature roses that easily withstand Texas winters. Miniature roses and shrub roses are the two most winter-hardy roses you can grow in the state.

Easily fit in containers, grow well in raised beds

Miniature rose plants range in size from 6 to 18 inches tall easily fitting in containers. Climbing varieties and their blooms can reach up to 5 feet tall, still bearing tiny flowers. Some varieties identify with a spreading habit and would be respectable ground cover if that is your preference rather than containers. Also, miniature roses can be grown as trees in containers or the ground.

Mini-roses with the teensy-sized blooms perform delightfully in slight borders and small garden areas like one finds in apartments, townhouses or condos. Planted in raised beds, the small flowers are nearer to ones’ eye. Definitely consider putting them in containers, and use them as outdoor patio table decorations, alone or with flowers, herbs and other small plants. Choose unique shaped containers or those that go with your decor or landscaping. Make it fun!

Watch the video How to Grow Container Roses.

Tips on growing mini-roses

Materials Needed:

  • large container, at least 18 inches deep
  • broken clay pot pieces
  • soil-based potting mix
  • bagged manure
  • slow-release fertilizer
  • mycorrhizal fungi
  • patio rose, such as 'Regensberg'
  • bedding plants, such as bacopa
  • mulch/compost
  • rain water or compost water for planting, if possible

Plant early spring (or fall)

Follow nursery recommendations for your growing region. Pick spot if full sun for your mini-roses for best growing results.

Prepare the container

Plant your containers in place, since they will be heavy and difficult to move once planted. We suggest using a plant rolling stand should you want to move it to another location on a patio or walk. Place a layer of broken pots or plastic pieces at the bottom of the container. Add a layer of potting mixed with well-rotted manure (one part manure to ten parts soil).

Check planting depth

Place roses, in their containers or pots, on the soil and check that the graft union (swelling at base of stems) are to be below soil after planting. Take away or add soil to fine-tune the planting level, and mix in slow-release fertilizer and mycorrhizal fungi. Remove roses from nursery containers and set final containers.

Plant up annuals around mini-roses

Cover around the root ball with soil and manure mixture. Firm ball in softly with your hands (wearing gloves, of course). Leave opening of 2 inches between soil and the rim edge of the pot to allow for watering. After the last spring frost, plant trailing bedding plants for added summer color.

Mulch layer to top of container planting soil

Add mulch/compost layer around roses. Water occasionally but do not over water. Use tip of finger to see if soil is drying out. Enjoy your mini-roses all growing season and take inside before first frost to continue their beauty.

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