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Miniature Rose Bush: A Valentine's Day Gift That Keeps Giving

Sheila loves gifts but dislikes waste. She enjoys sharing thoughtful and sustainable gift ideas with her readers.

Miniature rose bushes continue to grow and bloom just like your love.

Miniature rose bushes continue to grow and bloom just like your love.

A Gift for Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, or Any Day

Are you looking for a perfect gift for that special someone in your life but want to give something a little different? Instead of giving cut flowers that will die in a few days, why not give a more unique and sustainable gift? While cut roses will shrivel and die in a week or so, a miniature rose bush will continue to grow and produce blooms year after year. Consider giving a living gift that can grow and evolve, like your love for your partner.

Don't Give Cut Flowers

Instead of giving a vase of cut roses, give a miniature rose bush. Your spouse or partner will still be able to enjoy the beauty of roses and that special feeling of love, and best of all, the gift will last forever if properly cared for.

I told my husband years ago that he shouldn't spend money on something that I will only be able to enjoy for a few days. I'd prefer him to get something I can plant and enjoy forever. Miniature rose bushes are an original and practical twist on the classic Valentine's Day gift.

You can buy a pretty pot and place them inside. They can remain in the pot until the weather allows them to be transplanted outside, where they can thrive for years. They can be re-potted easily and will be beautiful all growing season. You can also keep them inside permanently in a bright sunny window.

Below is a little information on miniature rose bushes and how to care for them. I'm sure your partner will appreciate the sentiment and beauty a miniature rose bush will bring all growing season long.

General Information About Miniature Roses

Miniature roses are bred to remain small in size. They have smaller flowers than regular roses and come in a variety of different colors. Despite their small size, they are actually very hardy. Most varieties are long-blooming, meaning that the bush will flower continuously throughout the growing season. The length of the growing season depends on your location and USDA hardiness zone. Miniature roses are great for borders, edgers, or any small place you need a little color. As your gift continues to grow and bloom, your partner will be reminded of your everlasting love every time they look out the window.

Types of Miniature Roses

  • Climbers: These tend to grow vertically and can be trained to grow against a support of some type, such as a trellis.
  • Trailers: These tend to grow in a cascading manner and are great to plant in baskets or along the edge of a wall.
  • Micro-minis: These are the smallest of the miniature roses. They grow between 6 and 12 inches, and the blooms are ¼ to 1 inch in size.

Miniature Rose Bush Care

You basically care for miniature roses the same way you would regular-sized roses. Here are some basic care instructions to get you started.


Dig your hole about one inch deeper and six inches wider than the pot the roses came in. Add some organic matter, such as peat moss, to the bottom of the hole. Carefully remove the pot from the roses and loosen the roots as much as possible. Place the rose bush in the hole and pack dirt firmly around it. water well and add a layer of mulch.


The amount of water is going to depend on the type of soil you have. Be sure to water deeply and keep the ground moist but not soggy.


Fertilizing is essential if you want your roses to bloom continuously. Use a rose fertilizer and feed after each flush of bloom. You'll want to stop feeding when the weather drops to between 35 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Mixing some Miracle-Gro rose fertilizer with some water works well.


Just as with regular rose bushes, you'll want to prune in late winter or early spring. As the blooms fade, just pinch them off to encourage new growth.

What Do You Think?

I hope you agree that this is more original than cut flowers or candy. Recipients like it when you put some thought into their gift. Show them how much you care by getting them a miniature rose bush—you'll be glad you did!


Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on April 12, 2015:

Thank you Patricia! I love the sweet smell of roses. I would love to have some climbers, but as of yet I have no place for the to climb. My house is still a work in progress, so maybe some day!

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on April 06, 2015:

O, yes, Sheila, I do agree. the tiny blossoms are so delicate and perfume the air so nicely.

I have two climbers and they are busy making new growth...they weathered the winter reasonably well.

Angels are on the way to you this evening ps

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on January 24, 2013:

Hi Amaryllis! I love growing flowers, so a miniature rose bush was just a "no brainer" for me. I tend to think that cut flowers, although beautiful, are such a waste of money most of the time. With a miniature rose bush, I can enjoy my roses all year! Thank you for stopping in and commenting, it is always appreciated! Have a beautiful day! :)

Lesley Charalambides from New Hampshire on January 24, 2013:

I so agree with Movie Master, I have to get my husband to read this hub, I would much rather have miniature roses than cut roses!

Thanks for a useful hub.

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on February 16, 2012:

Thank you Becky, I will do that! :)

Becky Katz from Hereford, AZ on February 16, 2012:

Well, if you are adding suggestions, Miracle Grow has rose food. I would mix this with the water about once a month. When you have plants long term in pots, the soil does not get renewed by the natural process of the rain washing nutrients into it. The plant food is an essential and that is a good one.

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on February 16, 2012:

I just added your suggestions to my hub, as well as the link to your profile page. I hope that's ok! :)

Becky Katz from Hereford, AZ on February 16, 2012:

I had about 20 of these when we lived in an apartment. The neighbor always were exclaiming that they could see them blooming all year round. I lived on the second floor and had them in my wide, window sills. They were never planted outside and I had them for about 10 years. Then we had to move across the country and I could not take them with me. I gave them to a friend.

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on February 11, 2012:

Well, thank you James! I appreciate your kind words and you are very welcome! Have an awesome day! :)

James A Watkins from Chicago on February 11, 2012:

This is a great idea! You are awesome. Thank you very much.

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on February 07, 2012:

Thank you dragnhaze! I liked the idea too! That was soooo sweet of him! Thank you for your kind comment and for sharing! :)

dragnhaze on February 07, 2012:

I love this idea, my husband actually did this from the beginning of our relationship, when he gave me the first miniature rose bush, he told me it was because he wanted our love, and friendship to grow and blossom not die out like a cut rose does. I'm glad you put this out there for people to read maybe it can help some of those other husbands that still don't quite have a clue. voted up and Thanks for SHARING

Sheila Brown (author) from Southern Oklahoma on January 29, 2012:

Thank you Movie Master! :) I think buying cut flowers are just a waste of money. My husband knows how much I love flowers, so he always gets me something I can grow, either in the house, or in my flower gardens. Thank you for stopping in and commenting on my hub. Have a wonderful day! :)

Movie Master from United Kingdom on January 29, 2012:

This is a wonderful idea and I hope my husband will read it!

Flowers for Valentine's Day are so expensive and last a few days, a rose bush will give years of pleasure.

The minature rose bush is lovely and looks beautiful in a pot on the patio!

Thank you for sharing and voted up.