Chinese Rose Rosaceae Rosa ‘Rouletii’ (syn. R. chinensis ‘Minima’)

What You Need to Know About the Chinese Rose Rosaceae Rosa ‘Rouletii’ (syn. R. chinensis ‘Minima’)

There is a tendency to view roses as outdoor plants, but the miniature varieties make excellent indoor flowering specimens, giving color and fragrance throughout the summer. This variety from China has double, deep pink flowers, borne freely from summer to fall.

The colors of other miniature roses include red, pink, yellow, white, and a range of shades in-between. After flower­ing, these roses can be planted in the garden or, with a little attention, kept for future use indoors.

Size: Height up to 1 ft. (30 cm).

Light: Direct sunlight.

Temperature: Normal room. If the plant is to be kept, it will need a winter rest period of eight weeks at 45°F (7°C) or lower.

Moisture: Keep moist from spring to fall. In winter, apply enough water to prevent soil drying out.

Feeding: Use standard liquid fertilizer every two weeks during spring and summer.

Propagation: Take tip cuttings, 2 in. (5 cm) long, in spring. Use rooting hormone.

Special needs: High humidity is important, so place the pot on a tray of moist pebbles. To bring the plant into flower indoors for a second year, repot in fall and place it outside. Bring indoors in late winter, acclimatizing it gradually, rather than putting it straight into a warm room. Prune to outward-facing buds to shorten each stem by half, increase watering and feeding, and the plant could be in flower by early spring.