We all love the look and smell of fresh cut roses & indoor roses make rose gardening a breeze. There’s nothing quite like it. Unfortunately, with the busy lifestyle of the modern family, we don’t have the time or resources to maintain an ordinary rose garden and many people do not have the room either. Indoor roses are an economical and easy option for these people.
Growing roses indoors can be as easy or as complicated as you like.
Many people choose miniature roses, and just replace them each year as the blooms fade. These plants only need sunlight and water, with an occasional fertilizer to feed them.
There is no pruning or cutting involved since you are just going to replace them when they’re done blooming anyway. These roses can often be found at your local supermarket or department store.
If you prefer indoor roses that will bloom again and again, you may want to try a hardier type of miniature rose, or one of the many varieties that can also grow outdoors. These roses take a little more work but are well worth the effort.
Many varieties of roses can be grown indoors but they do take up more room than the miniature roses, so you want to be sure you have a large area for them as well as a large window that will let in plenty of sunlight during the blooming season. These roses will bloom for a time, but also need a dormant period each year to recharge and re-grow.
During the dormant season, be sure to avoid fertilizing the plant, and keep it in a cool place. Some pruning will also be necessary to keep the rose healthy and keep it from growing too large.
Cut dead blooms off the plant whenever they occur.
When the plant is dormant, cut the flower back some. The amount will depend on the type of rose you have but miniature roses can simply be cut to about three to four inches tall. When growing season comes back, replace the plant in the sunny window and add fertilizer being careful not to add too much.
Miniature roses naturally grow to gorgeous plants with a nice shape, so you won’t have to spend too much time trying to shape and cut your bush.
Some varieties of indoor roses are designed to bloom year round. These flowers need to be kept warm and in the sun all year, with occasional pruning of dead or diseased branches and flowers. Make sure to remove dead blooms as well.
You may still want to allow for a dormant season with these flowers as well as this can produce a healthier plant with more flowers.
Since indoor roses are generally kept in a pot, they do not need as much water as they would if they were planted outside. Be careful not to over water your roses and make sure they have proper drainage. Rather than sitting them in a saucer, try using a pebble tray, which is just that.
Fill a tray with gravel or pebbles and sit the plant in that.
This allows the water to drain away from the plant and, as the water evaporates, the roses will get the humidity that helps them thrive.
Growing roses indoors is a more practical option for many people for various reasons. Whatever your reasoning, you can have a beautiful addition to your décor with wonderful smelling indoor roses.