When most people picture a rose bush, they usually picture colorful roses growing outdoors in a garden. It’s hard to picture roses growing inside because most are unaware that growing roses indoors is even possible. Turns out, growing roses inside your home is completely doable with the right type of care and attention.
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Indoor Rose Care
Miniature roses are the most common type of roses grown indoors. Plant your miniature roses in soil that contains loam or fertilizers. For roses to thrive, it is important that they receive plenty of direct light. Place your potted roses near a southern or western facing window and make sure they receive at least 6 hours of direct sun a day. They prefer warmer temperatures during the day (70-75 F), and will do best in a well-circulated room that is not exposed to a draft.
Your roses will need to be watered regularly and thoroughly. Allow the top inch of the soil to dry out between each watering, but do not let the soil completely dry out. The roses will benefit from regular fertilization during active growing periods in the spring and summer.
Be sure to remove any wilted flowers and dead or dying leaves regularly, as this will encourage more blooming. You will also want to periodically trim your roses. Cut thin or weak canes (stems) at their points of origin. Trimming canes that are growing toward the center of your rose bush will also help to promote healthy growth with good air circulation.
Moving Your Indoor Roses Outdoors
The best time to move your indoor roses outdoors is during the warm months. That said, the roses should be placed in complete shade for the first few days or they may burn. Over the course of a week, gradually increase the amount of sun the plant receives so you don’t shock the plant. Bring your plant back indoors before the weather gets too cold.
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