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Miniature Roses

Updated on July 1, 2014

Mini Roses - Good Things Come In Small Packages!

Miniature Roses are a delight to grow! They don't take up much room compared to their large cousins, they are easy care roses, good companion plants, and hardy performers for their diminutive size. Minis are bred to grow from 6" to 3' with equally small blooms. Many of the miniature roses are repeat bloomers, ideal for use in perennial borders, small gardens, and containers.

These little beauties come in a rainbow of colors. While not known for their fragrance, there are a few that do have a scent like the mini rose pictured to the left - aptly named "Scentsational". This miniature rose is a beautiful mauve/lavender color with a lemonish, classic rose scent.

Every year new varieties are introduced...many with cute and descriptive names: "Child's Play", "All A'twitter", "Cupcake", "Shooting Star", "Tiddly Winks" and "Hot Tamale" to name a few.

Read on for my favorite mini can always make room for a couple of these cuties!

Yellow Miniature Roses

One of my favorite yellow miniature roses is Lemon Drop. What a pretty little rose with such an apropos name! (Love the candies too ; )

Loads of old-fashioned formed flowers, lots of bright green clean leaves, long lasting color, vigorous, and attractive compact habit. The clear lemon yellow blossoms come in showy clusters. Perfect for containers, or placed in the ground in front of taller perennials. Looks great with flowers in pink, coral and purple hues.

Another great yellow mini rose is Rainbows End. Gorgeous golden yellow flowers with ideal form, only about 1-1/2 inches across, and the tips of the petals are edged in a crimson blush that increases as they age.

Pink Miniature Roses

A beautiful pink mini rose I've grown for years is Cupcake a real charmer - with wonderful pale pink flowers, glossy green foliage, and excellent performance in all climates.

A new pink rose I want to try this year is Daddy's Little Girl. This showy little rose has warm medium pink posies that are touched with cream on the reverse. The flowers are double produced in clusters on compact, disease-resistant plants. These petite-sized plants would be perfect for patio pots or used as a border in your garden.

Jackson Perkins carries the delightful Child's Play which boasts white blooms with pink-edged petals that exude a fresh, fruity scent. It has a dense, well-branched, upright habit with medium green, maintenance-free foliage.

Success Tips For Planting Miniature Roses

Plant your miniature roses the same as you would full size roses:

Dig a hole the same depth as the pot the rose came in and about a foot wider.

Carefully remove the rose from the pot and gently loosen the roots. If the plant is tightly root bound, use a sharp knife to score the sides of the root ball and try again to loosen the roots.

Add some organic matter to the soil in hole, if needed.

Place the rose bush in the center of the hole, with the roots spread out.

Fill in the hole and firm gently.

Thoroughly water the newly planted bush and then apply a layer of mulch.

Red Miniature Roses

Most people enjoy red roses - they are classic beauties that convey love. Red Sunblaze Miniature Rose is truly vivid red with longlasting blooms. This one makes a spectacular low-growing hedge.

Another favorite of mine is My Valentine which was specifically bred for the Valentine's Day celebration. These pretty deep red flowers are long lasting as cut flowers and good for containers.

Caliente is also a "hot" little number. Deep red buds of classic form open to bright, warm, fire engine red blooms with pointed petals. Single stems rest on a compact bushy plant that's clothed in disease resistant foliage. I've planted several of these in the ground and they are hardy little plants.

I just purchased Shooting Star to plant in a container garden. It has adorable little deep pink / red buds that open to tiny red blossoms tinged with yellow. The bloom clusters are arranged on shiny dark green foliage. I'll take a photo when it grows a bit!

Coral Drift Series
Coral Drift Series

Coral Miniature Roses

I just discovered the Drift series of roses and I'm hooked! They are a cross between a miniature and a groundcover rose so they are compact, low growing, and tough...grow about 1 to 2 feet high and wide. These repeat blooming beauties are disease resistant and winter hardy. They work well in containers, in small gardens, at the front of sunny borders or at the base of taller plants. Very versatile!

Pictured is 'Coral Drift'. The Drift series by Star Roses also includes an apricot, red, peach, light pink, deep pink, and a creamy yellow variety.

Regular deadheading encourages re-blooming and helps maintain a tidy appearance ... but isn't necessary. A terrific, low maintenance charmer!

Mixed Color Miniature Roses

Their size and endless array of color add beauty to any location. In containers on your deck or patio, border planting or in hanging baskets these roses provide an endless supply of blooms for your enjoyment outdoors, as well as bouquets for indoors.

A gorgeous bi-color miniature rose is Bees Knees (Photo on the right) I love the names of roses, especially the miniatures, and this one of my favorites! Beautiful medium yellow blooms with pink edging. An easy to grow mini that would be a great addition to every rose growers garden. Blooms constantly even in high heat.

Another pretty mixed tone miniature is Glowing Amber bred in Canada. This is one of the most colorful of the miniature roses. Exhibition blooms of bright red with an amber-yellow reverse. This powerful little bloomer has good disease resistancy and will bloom profusely. Also makes great cut flowers.

How To Water and Prune Your Miniature Roses

Watering -

How much water your rose bush will require depends on your soil and weather. A general rule of thumb is to provide at least an inch of water each week. During hot, dry spells you will need to water more frequently. Be sure to water deeply, so that the soil is wet at least 12 - 18 inches below the surface. Avoid getting the leaves wet during humid weather, to discourage fungal diseases.

Pruning -

As with other roses, prune miniature roses just before new growth starts in late winter or early spring. Hard pruning is not necessary. Prune dead or broken wood first. Then trim back about a third of the plant to maintain its shape and encourage new growth.

Miniature Rose Care Tips - How To Prune A Mini Rose


Miniature Roses Look Great in Containers...

Mini Roses look terrific in all types of containers. Plant them by themselves or with other flowers with similar sun and water requirements. Add some color to your patio or desk, or plant them in window boxes. They are small and versatile and always garner compliments!

Some of my favorite companion plants for mini roses are wave petunias cascading out of a pot, geraniums, cheerful gerbera daisies and sun-loving vincas.

Great Books About Miniature Roses

Mini Roses - Good Things Do Come in Small Packages!

Mini Roses - Good Things Do Come in Small Packages!
Mini Roses - Good Things Do Come in Small Packages!

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      armand 2 years ago

      Great tips and advice.I think I like the mini roses.

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      poetryman6969 3 years ago

      Tiny roses provide an interesting decorative accent.

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      Deb Bryan 3 years ago from Chico California

      Thank you for this guide on caring for miniature roses! I have one plant. And I want to keep it alive. <3 Thanks for dropping by my page about Grace (my little mini-rose) otherwise I might not have came over to visit you and discover this awesome page. Thanks!

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      SharpLee 3 years ago

      My mother did very well with miniature roses. They are so beautiful. I will have to give them a try.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      I loved you pictures and I like roses, very nice, Thank You:)

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      Laura Hofman 3 years ago from Naperville, IL

      @jmchaconne: Hi jmchaconne - Thanks for stopping by my lens! I now live in the Chicago area (Zone 5), but used to live in the Pasadena area (Zone 9). I had good luck with "Rainbow's End" a pretty yellow mini rose with orange to red edges. Also grew "Red Scentsation" a fragrant, medium red miniature rose. Enjoy!

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      jmchaconne 3 years ago

      Thank you for a great lens. I'd like to use some miniature roses near my water feature, can you recommend something that doesn't look domestic, that would be suitable in Southern California?

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      CrazyHomemaker 3 years ago

      Nice lens. I love miniature roses. I have 2 plants that are about 20 years old. They've survived a move from the North to the South. So pretty!

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      tonyleather 4 years ago

      Lovely pictures! I just adore miniature Roses!

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      Doc_Holliday 4 years ago

      These are cute. Love the purple.

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I've always loved miniature roses although I don't have much luck with them. I think perhaps I've been over watering them and will give them another try.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      We have Knockout Roses and sure enjoy them. I love the names of these Mini Roses and certainly enjoyed seeing your lovely photos. Thanks.

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      Mellithorpe 4 years ago

      Beautiful roses and great lens. I just have to share it on my Facebook roses page.

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      GabrielaFargasch 4 years ago

      Wow!! These are delightful! I didn't know there were so many!

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      Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

      These roses are so beautiful! Thanks for your visit and comment to my July 4th Party lens. Happy 4th!

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      I love all roses - I do think maybe, just maybe, I would have success with the miniature ones! I could breathe the aroma of roses all day.

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      oddobjective 4 years ago

      I love roses...all kinds and varieties. I just wish I had my own place so I could plant some.

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      justramblin 4 years ago

      Who wouldn't love flowers with names like Bee's knees, cupcake and Daddy's little girl? These are so lovely and they look super in containers, too. Love them. thanks for a pretty lens!

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      jayavi 4 years ago

      They are so beautiful. Thanks for sharing

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      Jean DAndrea 5 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Some beautiful pictures of roses here. Just coming into summer in Australia, so I must remember to give my 4 miniature roses plenty of water. It's going to be 38C today!

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      Aster56 5 years ago

      nice tips on how to care for your rose plants. Thanks.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      So pretty.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Another awesome lens! Great job!

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      poutine 7 years ago

      I also love miniature roses.

      A 5++ lens

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      norma-holt 7 years ago

      You have made a great effort here. Thumbs up

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      I love flowers and enjoyed this lens because of the really lovely picutres you added.

      Good job :)


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      Laura Hofman 7 years ago from Naperville, IL

      @GonnaFly: Thanks so much Gonna Fly! Stay tuned...I have a lot more to add to this site and several other rose related sites in the works.

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      Jeanette 7 years ago from Australia

      They truly are beautiful. Lovely lens with great photos. 5*