The Q&A Archives: Indoor Roses

Question: Can you recommend any type of rose that can be grown successfully indoors?

Answer: Roses love sunshine and are best planted outdoors in an area exposed to all day sun. Only miniature roses will adapt to growing indoors, and even they should be taken outside for a few months of rest. To grow miniature roses indoors, provide average indoor temperatures (50F - 70F), a bright, sunny window (supplement with artificial light during the short days of winter), water thoroughly when the soil begins to dry out, mist the leaves frequently -- or stand the pot on pebbles in a tray of water to provide humidity. Indoor roses generally bloom from spring through autumn. Cut back the flowering stems when the flowers begin to fade. When blooming has finished, repot the rose and bury the pot to the rim outdoors in a protected area. Bring it back indoors in mid-winter and cut back the stems to about half. Move it to an unheated room for two weeks before placing it in a heated room. The plant will begin growing and blooming again all spring and summer.

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