A miniature rose bush is a non-stop bloomer, petite and sweet. Miniature roses are the smallest of the rose plants, and are easy-keeper additions to the garden, containers and window boxes. True miniatures range from 6 inches to 2 feet tall and are generally about as wide as they are tall.
While miniature roses are generally described as hearty they may suffer from rust and black spots. Because their leaves and limbs are so close to the ground, constant moistness in the ground can lead to these issues.
Picking off all rust and black spotted leafs can become a Lilliputian nightmare and, if you truly want to tackle these challenge, you will also need to remove all the tiny fallen leaves. After finding this out for myself, I know keep minis in garden pots and containers. I like to keep one by my sunniest kitchen window where I can see it when I am tiding-up.
A Word of Warning about ‘Faux’ Minis
You may sometimes see tiny rose plants at the local grocery store. They may even be has a sticker saying ‘miniature rose’. Beware, they may actually just be a soon to be big rose.
Two years ago in the fall, I purchased a rose with such a tag, nursed it through the winter and in the spring I thought it would be nice to plant it near an old hybrid tea.
The next spring that little fake miniature had transformed into a sprawling intruder and had woven itself into my old favorite hybrid tea. I will be extracting it this spring and will keep you posted as to how the hybrid and I do.