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Indoor Roses

I've a friend who is rather fond of roses and, to be honest, I'm rather fond of her. Rather than buy a bunch of roses for her birthday, I was wondering if there are any rose bushes that can be kept indoors and will flower well.

Barring that, what other indoor flowering plants do you recommend? I was thinking of orchids but have never kept then them. I'd like to buy one that could flower for a few years to come.

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  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 15,862
    No. Rose bushes in general will not do well indoors. There are some miniature roses sold in pots that can be used as house plants for a short while, but even then they appreciate being outside for the winter.
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • Doghouse RileyDoghouse Riley South ManchesterPosts: 347
    edited October 2021
    No. Rose bushes in general will not do well indoors. There are some miniature roses sold in pots that can be used as house plants for a short while, but even then they appreciate being outside for the winter.

    Agree with that.
    We've never kept roses in pots indoors for any length of time. But we've done the next best thing.
    Two Christmases ago my wife received a couple of small roses in 4" pots as a Christmas present from a friend. They may have come from M&S.
    They died off after Christmas so I repotted them and put them on the patio steps.
    She got another two last year so I did the same.
    All four flourished and flowered for most of the last two summers
    They're at the ends on both steps. The older ones are on the top step.
    I've no idea of the varieties, but they are all small and delicate.
    I suppose I could have brought them in again at that size, but we haven't the room.






    You can't go wrong with orchids, they last a long time.

    Particularly if they artificial like the front two here!



  • Hi - agree that an orchid is the thing to go for if you want a long-lasting gift. My only advice is to avoid buying one in one of those long glass cylinders - I was given one of these, and while they look really nice, they make looking after the orchid much more difficult.

    I hope she appreciates the gift!
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 7,726
    edited October 2021
    I received a miniature rose in a metal watering can for my anniversary,I had it in my north facing kitchen a couple of days,then it went on the door step,it's just about to flower again.i agree, orchid,get one in bud,it should flower for weeks, especially if you get one with large white flowers
    Get a miniature water sprayer at the same time.looked after properly,it will last for years. I put pictures of the ones in my lounge,on "problem solving" Dendrobium orchid advice, today
  • Thanks all. I will go for an orchid. I'll the rose bush until she moves to a place with a garden.
  • FireFire LondonPosts: 14,014
    There are indoor begonias that have strong coloured flowers. Also cyclamen and pelargonium. 
  • JessicaSJessicaS East Midlands, UKPosts: 546
    Try streptocarpus too as gorgeous indoor plants. Im a huge rose fan and those and orchids are my indoor equivalent!
  • Nanny BeachNanny Beach Posts: 7,726
    .most pelargoniums aren't flowering now, though,am assuming this floral tribute will be sooner rather than later

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