Do Mini Roses Come Back Every Year: When They Do and Don’t

We’d all love to have roses that bloom all year round and just keep on coming back each year. But then what would there be to look forward to? We’d just take blooms for granted instead of being delighted when they do come. But you still want them to bloom every year. So do mini roses come back every year?

That’s what I’m going to discuss in this article. Starting with a quick answer to get us going.

Mini roses are hardy perennials in zones 5 to 9. They will bloom each year. In other regions, mini roses are annuals planted in containers typically in Spring, and placed around your patio, or garden bed. They can bloom right up to the first sign of frost.

Because miniature roses are hardy plants that propagate on their own roots, they are profuse repeat bloomers that come back every year. Their blooming season is from mid-spring to early fall and on average will continue to bloom for 2-3 weeks. Some special varieties can bloom all year round.

That’s the roundup, but there are things you can do to ensure a longer and better bloom for your mini roses too.

Do mini roses come back every year ~ In-depth

In case you were not aware, miniature roses are selectively bred specially with the intention of keeping them in small size.

There is a difference between mini rose and miniature rose, but I tend to use the terms interchangeably as often it’s even hard to know for sure – for me at least. Mini roses are even smaller!

But, the American Rose Society states that miniature roses generally have a smaller bush, smaller foliage, and smaller bloom size. Ranging from “micro” with blooms from 1/4 inch wide, to larger minis. Miniature roses are still considered to be true roses, bred to proportion but smaller.

This is why most miniature roses have smaller flowers than their standard rose bushes. However, despite their petite size, miniature roses are extremely hardy, so they will still come back each year.

Especially because they are propagated on their own roots and not grafted onto the rootstock, they are more winter hardy than their cousins and tend to be profuse repeat bloomers.

This means that yes mini roses come back every year, and may bloom throughout their season in a healthy and abundant manner if they are provided with the right growing and surviving conditions.

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Do mini roses come back every year? ~ Blooming period

Usually, miniature roses bloom from mid-spring to early fall every year.

This means that like most roses they also bloom only once a year, or more precisely during a specified season every year. And on average, blooms continuously for 2-3 weeks.

During winter they enter into a state of dormancy, which is commonly referred to as the “rest period”. This period gives the plant sufficient time to prepare for the next bloom …in the coming year. 

There is also certain continually blooming miniature rose varieties, that bloom all year round when given proper conditions.

However, for this, you have to give them precise care, especially in winter so that the roses don’t enter into a stage of dormancy. Plus it’s hard to do this in some USDA zones.

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mini roses

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Hardiness supports repetitive blooms

Despite their petite size, miniature roses are extremely hardy. The hardiness of a plant describes how well a plant can stand up and thrive in extremely low temperatures.

USDA Growing Zone Map

Usually, miniature roses are hardy perennials that fall into the USDA zones 5-9. Plants in this range can die around 25°F (-4°C) and below. But it needs to get colder than 30°F (-1°C) over the winter to really enter dormancy.

Their ability to propagate and grow on their own roots is one of the main reasons why they have great hardiness compared to other types of larger roses. Here’s my list of roses you can grow in cold climates.

Like most plants, even miniature roses are not that thrilled about harsh winter winds and the freeze-and-thaw cycles that come with them.

However, you don’t have to worry too much, because in most cases your miniature rose plant will survive and be able to give out some blooms over the next season whether you give them proper care or not.

But if you want to increase the longevity of the plant and its conditions for a full-healthy bloom post-winter, then you have to make sure they suffer less damage during winter.

This winter protection is most important in places where the temperature falls below 10°F (–12°C). 

Ways to encourage repeat blooms

On average a healthy miniature rose plant can live anywhere from 5-8 years and should be able to repeat blooms every year if they are given proper care.

Now, this may start you thinking that maintaining miniature roses is tough, but, in truth, it’s not.

One of the most unique features of miniature roses is that they are the simplest and most versatile roses you can grow. Especially because they are hardy plants.

Additionally, because they are infection and insect-resistant shrubs, giving them simple care and maintenance can prolong their life and ability to give out repeat blooms at their potential.

Promoting a healthy environment for miniature roses to grow and enter into dormancy can also increase the ability of the plant to sustain the blooms for longer during the blooming season.

With that background set, here are the factors miniature plants need to promote repetitive blooms and sustain them for longer along …with longer plant life.

mini pot rose

Sustained temperature

One of the most important elements to keeping miniature rose plants healthy for repeat blooms is giving them the optimum temperature.

This is because sustained temperatures below 50°F (10°C) cause the plant to stop flowering. While most mini roses are heat tolerant, they do best in daytime temperatures in the low to mid 70°F (21°C) area. with a drop to the low to mid-60s at night.


Like most rose varieties, even for miniature roses to thrive fully, live longer and give more blooms they need plenty of full sunlight.

Although they are good at tolerating some shade, often their foliage and flowers become easily sparse in shady conditions.

At least 6-8 hours of sunlight daily is ideal to help them remain disease resistant and to sustain full-bloom-packed bushes as long as possible.

Read my article on how much sunlight mini roses need and how to ensure they get it.


Usually how well you should water a miniature rose to keep it healthy and to promote repeat blooms depends on the soil and weather.

But as a general rule, it’s recommended to provide at least 1 inch of water at least once per week. This essentially means that you need to ensure the base of the rose is at least damp. So this might increase in warmer weather, and reduce in colder weather.

You have to make sure to water deeply and thoroughly so that the soil is wet at least 12-18 inches deep. Also be careful not to get the leaves wet during humid weather, as the plant can develop fungal diseases.

Due to the small roots miniature roses have, they may sometimes need more water, especially during extreme heat compared to their full-sized cousins.

However, make sure you’re avoiding over-watering the plant, as overly wet soil can cause root or other fungi problems, which may affect the longevity of the plant and the ability to produce full and higher blooms.

Read this for a full guide on watering mini roses. Plus read more about watering roses in hot weather.


If the miniature roses are affected by black spot or other diseases, they can affect full-sized roses and even spread to other parts of the plant potentially causing them to die if prompt measures are not put in place.

So it’s very important to remove any infected leaves and use appropriate (disease-specific) fungicides and pesticides to give your miniature rose the due protection they need for survival and healthy blooms. 

Once you’ve digested that, then you’ll probably want to get stronger, blooms and more of them, for longer so read this next,

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As with any other type of rose, pruning is key preparation that needs to be done to encourage new growth and blooms for the next blooming season.

During the summer-blooming season, the mini roses need to be deadheaded by cutting buds off at a 45-degree angle, beneath the second stem node in an outward position.

Whereas, during late winter and early spring, you will have to prune them thoroughly …leaving the center of the plant a little taller than the sides – or the corners, so it can grow and give out new blooms in a shapely manner.

mini rose cuttings


As I’ve emphasized throughout the article, properly winterizing your miniature plants is key to making sure they stay healthy to encourage repeat and new blooms every other year.

And as for the method, “collaring” is one of the most popular and reliable ways you can winterize your miniature rose.

To try this method, remove all the leaves from the rose bush (not the hips), tie them with twine and surround the bush with a wire hoop to form a collar. 

Then fill this collar with leaves (maybe the ones that have fallen from the tree in your yard). This helps with insulating the branches from the cold. You can also try to cover the entire bush with a layer of burlap if you want to. 

Finally,  cover the root zone of the plant and the crown with additional soil, mulch, or straw, which helps in insulating the roots and protects them from heavy snow. 

It’s also best to make a note here that while miniature roses can survive temporarily indoors, long-term indoor life is not recommended, as it again can affect the longevity of the plant. It’s difficult for them to get their sunlight, humidity, and temperature requirements met indoors.

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mini roses

Do mini roses come back every year ~ More roses help 🌹

I hope this has answered the question ‘do mini roses come back every year,’ and some other similar questions.

To know more about how to grow miniature roses outside or to transfer an indoor-grown miniature rose outside, check out my recent article on how to grow miniature roses outside. And check my tools and resources.

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Hi, I’m Michael. My passion for roses was sparked a few years ago after visiting a dedicated community rose garden. So represents my take, my learnings, and my help for anyone looking to grow, be proud of, and harvest roses.