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Miniature Roses probably came from 'Rosa chinensis minima' which was apparently found in a window box in Switzerland in 1815. It was duly cultivated and successful in giving us many of the qualities of the larger roses of today such as growing habit, colour and repeat flowering.
The miniature roses of today are hardy, disease resistant and even fragrant and we also have almost the full spectrum of the large roses in the miniature roses. Despite their small size, these adorable roses are capable of surviving hot summers and cold winters and still come up blooming - in just as many colours as their larger relatives.
They require little maintenance apart from regular seasonal pruning, they can be grown in pots, as ground covers, as climbers - even as cascading roses in a hanging basket (next on the list for me - a double red one) - and they can even be grown indoors (with a lot of care). Grow the climbing forms up a trellis and they will attain a good few feet or more in height.
Just like their larger relatives, they have flowers which may be single, double, semi-double or centifolias ( 100 petals or more). They may flower in clusters (or sprays), and may be odourless or highly fragrant. As far as tiny roses go, the sky's the limit for me. I love them.
How to care for your new miniature. I love this site because it leads you to so many other rose-related topics. Note: There is some controversy about growing roses indoors, no matter what size they are. My advice is to experiment. Try it for yourself. Roses have a way of letting us know if they are suffering, pretty quickly.
Dancing Jewel. Morey USA 1980.
Maria Mathilda. Floribunda. Hague Gold Medal 1981.
Sugar Baby. Tantau 1996.
Stars and Stripes. Moore USA 1976.
Lupo. Kordes 2006. A very special Miniature Rose.
Geneva Certificate of Merit 2006
Le Roeulx Silver Medal 2006
Madrid Bronze Medal 2006
The Hague Certificate of Merit 2006
Belfast - Best Miniature or Patio Rose 2008
Hradec Králové First Prize 2009
Australian Bronze Medal 2010
Peach Clementine. Tantau 2002.
Bluenette. De Ruiter 1983. Patio Rose.
Perla de Montserrat. One of this beauty's parents is the famous 'Cecile Brunner'.
Sublime. Tucker 2003.
Nozomi. Climber. Onodera 1968.
Golden Penny.(Rosa Guletta). De Ruiter 1973. Netherlands.
'Mandarin'. Kordes 1987.
Boomerang. Spooner 1992.
Honey Milk. Tantau 2002.
'Charmant'. Kordes 1999.
Autumn Splendor. Michael C. Williams 1999.
Easy Cover. Poulsen 1996. Miniature Ground Cover.
'Cricket'. Christensen 1978.
Life Lines. A Climber.
Candle Light. Tantau 2001.
Zwergkönigin. Kordes 1978.
Avon. Poulsen 1992. Ground Cover, Patio Rose.
Chilli Clementine. Tantau 2004.
Clementine. Tantau 1997.
Pink Star. Interplant 1977.
Sonnenröschen. Kordes 2005.
'Loveliest of lovely things are they on earth that soonest pass away. The rose that lives its little hour is prized beyond the sculptured flower'.
William C. Bryant