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It’s Valentine’s Day! And someone special got you a Miniature Rose …

How do I take care of it? What do I need to do? They are so small, but so cute. Listen, these are the thoughts typically given to a new puppy. Mini’s, as I like to refer to them, are a little like having a new puppy. They require love and attention to grow and bloom.

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When you receive a Mini for Valentine’s Day, it will be in a pretty pot with several unopened buds and a couple of partially opened blooms wrapped and waiting for all the love and attention you have to give. (This might be a good time to issue a name should that be something you are inclined to do.) Keeping miniature roses as an indoor plant does require a moderate amount of effort. They are a plant that will respond both negatively and positively to their environment. We want to provide suggestions as how to obtain positive responses. Let’s get started.

Do not re-pot your Mini. The nursery oftentimes will put new rootings in the soil preparing the plant for blooming. The root system however, is delicate. Without a developed root system, your Mini will not survive. Let your Mini remain in this familiar soil. Rooting hormone and other inoculates are additives to consider to boost the soil. Be gentle. Inoculants can be added to the soil through poked holes approximately 2-3 inches deep. A gentle way of adding rooting hormone is to mix it with water and pour over the top of the soil. Let it drain through.

Your Mini needs both light and dark. Growing your Mini indoors may require more than window sunlight. Some rose experts suggest adding a full spectrum grow light. The increased light intensity will support the quality of light required for successful growth and flowering. Providing a time of darkness for your Mini is also required for successful growth. Growers suggest a range of 14 hours of light with 8 hours of dark.

Mini’s are thirsty little plants. We suggest checking soil dryness about every other day by touching the soil and if it feels dry, it will need a drink. Water gently enough to allow the water to flow out the bottom of the pot. Some gardeners suggest placing the pot in a tray of pebbles and allowing the drained water to sit in rocks; always keeping the roots from soaking in water. Other environmental concerns for Mini’s is humidity, ventilation, and temperature. Don’t over think this. Think middle of the road. Avoid the extremes. Watch for how your Mini responds and adjust accordingly.

Pruning, fertilizing, and checking for pests and disease is part of the Mini maintenance routine. Performing these maintenance routines will help you have a robust healthy plant.

Miniature Roses can be a colorful addition to your indoor gardening experience as well as a pretty great Valentine’s gift that doesn’t require hourly visits outdoors into the cold.

Send us your questions and comments to the Shelby Purdue Extension Office – 317 392 6460 ext. 0 and https://extension.