pot size for mini?

queenbee_1(7)May 14, 2012

A few days after Valentine's Day, I was at a local nursery and they had tiny mini rose bushes is 4" pots.. LOTS of them for 2$ each... I picked them them--finding ones, I thought were healthy--a deep red and a nice med. pink one.. I brought them home--sprayed, re potted and placed them in a sunny window-where they sat until Easter- then they were moved out side! Well, they had grown so much I just re potted them again in to 14" pots.. The blooms are only 1/2" long and look like prefect mini HT blooms.. Any idea how large of a pot they really need? Will these bushes grow to full size w/ tiny blooms? Should I go ahead and plant them in a bed somewhere?? Thank you for any suggestions, ideas, thoughts??

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Evidently "mini" rose bushes you find in 4 inch pots may or may not be real "minis". If you like them, I would plant them in a bed near the front, and see what happens!


    Bookmark   May 14, 2012 at 2:01PM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

My neighbor buys those and plants them in her garden. Some of them are 6' tall!

    Bookmark   May 14, 2012 at 3:18PM
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musaboru(Inland Calif.)

With yearly root pruning and top pruning, can miniatures be maintained in 1 gallon pots and rebloom?

    Bookmark   May 14, 2012 at 8:03PM
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jerijen(Zone 10)

Musaboru -- In California, the only roses you can keep healthy PERMANENTLY in 1-G pots would be Micro-Miniatures. Micro-Minis are pretty neat plants, though, and I think may soon be more available than in the past.

Your average "Miniature" rose can (as noted above) make a 6-ft. plant, tho the blooms remain relatively small. We killed our first Miniatures, long ago, because we did not understand that.

For a permanent situation, I'd really recommend a 14-inch pot as a MINIMUM. Larger = Better.

Note, this is in California. I have NOT grown roses in colder zones with a shorter growing season.


    Bookmark   May 15, 2012 at 12:44PM
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seil zone 6b MI

I'm in Michigan and I have to agree with Jeri, bigger is better. Most of my minis are in pots that are about 18 to 20 inches in size. I found the ones in smaller pots don't grow as well and don't winter as well either.

    Bookmark   May 15, 2012 at 7:23PM
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