The Q&A Archives: Miniature Roses

Question: I have miniature roses still blooming in my garden. I cut some of them back & put mulch on them. I have two miniature roses in my house, could I plant them outside now, or wait until spring? They are loosing their leaves & flowers?

Answer: Since these particular roses are houseplants and are not acclimated to the cooler temperatures, late November is too late in the fall to plant them outdoors. Unfortunately, based on your description, it sounds as though they are not terribly healthy. In my experience, most miniature roses should grow quite nicely in the house provided they have lots of bright light, good air circulation (but are not in a draft or in front of a heat vent or radiator) and are kept evenly moist but not soggy. You might check their growing conditions and also check them over carefully for insect or disease to see if that may be causing the problem. Good luck with your roses!

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