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How to Grow Florist Roses

Updated on October 14, 2014

Florist roses grow well in containers.

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What are florist roses?

Florist or miniature roses come in all hues and offer elegant garden blooms indoors or out. Tiny flowers grow 1½ inches across, with layers of petals. These plants grow slowly, but reward the patient gardener with lovely flowers.

Florist roses come in all different colors. Many have a very fragrant scent, and can easily perfume a garden. Climbing varieties of florist rose can grow up to 5 feet tall when trellised.

Where to Grow Miniature Roses?

Like all roses, these do best in full sun. Florist roses can grow inside or outdoors, or they can go back and forth with the weather. You can grow these roses in the ground or even trellis them, but they work well in containers and in window boxes as well. Climbing versions of miniature roses work well when grown along a trellis that frames the doorway, or along a fence at the property edge. They can cascade over the fence, providing fragrant blooms for all the neighborhood to enjoy.

The key here is full sun. Determine what part of your yard has the best sun exposure, then decide whether to grow these in the ground or in containers.


How big do florist roses get?

Florist roses range from 6 to 18 inches tall; trellising varieties can grow up to 5 feet. Let the size of your plant dictate the planting environment or container.


Care of florist roses

Mini rose plants need to be watered when the soil dries out, and fertilized regularly. Water when the plant leave appear droopy or when the soil is dry to the touch.

The National Gardening Association recommends a high-potassium fertilizer, like 5-5-10, to promote flowering. Miniature roses look best when pruned regularly. Trim back your plant in late winter to keep it shapely.

Miniature roses grown on a trellis.

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