Pretty Polly Rose Rosa Pretty Polly = 'Meitonje' (Min)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Hard-care
rose [Pretty Polly]


Rosa Pretty Polly, generally known as a type of miniature rose, is marked by a lush display of small, vibrant blooms. The flowers are rich in color, often showcasing a delightful pink hue that can range from soft pastels to more vivid, eye-catching shades. Each bloom is multi-petaled, with layers that create a classic, somewhat ruffled look typical of many roses. The petals have a velvety texture that invites touch, enhancing the plant's overall aesthetic appeal. Adorning the plant are glossy, green leaves that provide a striking contrast to the delicate flowers. The foliage is dense, adding to the visual impact of the plant and highlighting the beauty of the blooms. The roses are often found in clusters, creating an enchanting display as if it's a bouquet provided by nature itself. It is a compact plant sporting sturdy stems that are adorned with thorns, as is typical for rose varieties. These thorns provide a natural defense mechanism for the plant. Despite the plant's compact nature, it is known for its hardiness and ability to thrive in various environments when provided proper care, making it a popular choice among gardeners who appreciate both its beauty and its resilience.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Pretty Polly Pink Rose, Pretty Polly Rose, Miniature Rose Pretty Polly

    • Common names

      Rosa 'Meitonje' (Min).

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The Pretty Polly Rose is considered non-toxic to humans. However, as with many plants, if any part of the rose, such as leaves or petals, is ingested in large quantities, it could potentially cause mild stomach discomfort due to the plant fibers or natural compounds present. Typically, roses are not a source of poisoning for humans when touched or ingested in small amounts.

    • To pets

      The Pretty Polly Rose is generally recognized as non-toxic to pets, including dogs and cats. It is not known to cause significant poisoning if pets chew on its leaves, petals, or stems. Nonetheless, ingestion of plant material may lead to mild gastrointestinal upset in some pets due to the physical irritation of plant fibers or natural compounds found in the rose. This may result in symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea, though such reactions are usually not severe.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Spread

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Easy to Care For: The Rosa Pretty Polly has a reputation for being low maintenance, suitable for gardeners of varying experience levels.
    • Compact Growth: With its modest size, it is ideal for small gardens or as part of a mixed border in larger landscapes.
    • Continuous Blooming: Offers a long flowering season with repeat blooms from late spring to early fall.
    • Disease Resistance: This variety is known for its resistance to common rose diseases, reducing the need for chemical treatments.
    • Attracts Pollinators: The flowers provide nectar for bees and other beneficial insects, promoting biodiversity.
    • Landscaping Versatility: Can be used in a variety of gardening designs, from formal to cottage gardens.
    • Color Variety: Its vibrant pink flowers add a splash of color to the garden palette.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    1. This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Perfume ingredient: Roses are traditionally used in perfumes, and the Rosa Pretty Polly could be distilled or have its essential oils extracted to provide a floral scent for fragrances.
    • Natural dye: The petals of Rosa Pretty Polly can be used to create a natural dye for fabrics, offering hues ranging from light pink to deeper shades depending on the concentration.
    • Gourmet cuisine: Rose petals, including those from the Rosa Pretty Polly, can be crystallized with sugar and used to decorate desserts or included in high-end culinary dishes for an elegant touch.
    • Floral waters: The petals can be steeped in water to make floral waters or rosewater that can be used in cooking, particularly in Middle Eastern recipes.
    • Crafts and potpourri: Dried petals of the Rosa Pretty Polly can be incorporated into crafts, such as homemade paper or potpourri, to add color and a mild fragrance.
    • Special events decoration: The rose can be used in flower arrangements for weddings and other formal events, not only for its beauty but also for its symbolism of love and joy.
    • Photography props: With their aesthetic appeal, these roses can serve as a popular subject or backdrop for photographers, especially in portrait and product photography.
    • Edible flowers: The rose petals can be used in salads or as an edible garnish to add a splash of color and a subtle floral flavor to various dishes.
    • Beverage infusions: Rosa Pretty Polly petals can be infused in teas to create an aromatic beverage with a light rose flavor.
    • Rosewater ice cubes: Frozen rosewater from the petals can be a unique addition to summer drinks, giving a rosy hue and flavor as they melt.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The rose is used in Feng Shui practice to enhance love and relationships when placed in the southwest corner of a garden or home; however, the placement should be harmonious and not lead to Sha Chi, or harsh energy, by ensuring the roses are well-maintained to avoid negative influences from thorns and decay.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The rose is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Love: As a rose, Pretty Polly is traditionally associated with love. Roses have often been the symbol of deep affection and romantic feelings.
    • Beauty: The exquisite form and color of the Pretty Polly rose makes it a symbol of physical beauty and admiration.
    • Grace: The rose is also often associated with grace and elegance, qualities embodied by the delicate appearance of the Pretty Polly.
    • Happiness: The bright and cheerful blossoms of the Pretty Polly rose can symbolize joy and happiness.
    • Femininity: Roses are commonly linked to femininity due to their soft petals and traditional connection to women's emotions and beauty.
    • Gratitude: Giving a Pretty Polly rose can express gratitude, making it a symbol of appreciation and thanks.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring to Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Miniature Rose 'Pretty Polly' should be watered when the top inch of the soil feels dry to the touch. This can mean watering once a week, but frequency depends on the climate and weather conditions. Deep watering is recommended, which allows water to reach the roots, promoting deeper root growth. Generally, give the plant about 1 gallon of water per session, ensuring even distribution around the base of the plant. Avoid overhead watering to reduce the risk of leaf diseases and adjust the amount of water during hot, dry periods or rainy spells.

  • sunLight

    Miniature Rose 'Pretty Polly' requires full sun to thrive; they perform best with at least six hours of direct sunlight daily. The best spot is an area that provides unfiltered sunlight for most of the day while protecting the plant from the hot, harsh afternoon sun in very warm climates.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Miniature Rose 'Pretty Polly' prefers temperatures between 65-75 degrees Fahrenheit but can survive temperatures as low as 20 degrees and as high as 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Ideal growth occurs when night temperatures are slightly cooler than day temperatures, encouraging robust flowering.

  • scissorsPruning

    Miniature Rose 'Pretty Polly' should be pruned to maintain their shape and improve air circulation. Remove dead or diseased wood and thin out crowded branches in early spring after the last frost. Pruning is often done annually, with light trimming as needed throughout the growing season to encourage new blooms.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The best soil mix for a miniature rose like Rosa Pretty Polly should be rich, well-drained, and loamy. Incorporate organic matter such as compost or aged manure to enhance the soil's structure and nutrient content. The ideal pH range for Rosa Pretty Polly is slightly acidic to neutral, between 6.0 and 7.0.

  • plantRepotting

    Miniature roses like Rosa Pretty Polly typically require repotting every 2 to 3 years. However, if you notice that the plant has become root-bound or the soil is degrading, it may need to be repotted more frequently.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Rosa Pretty Polly prefers an outdoor environment with natural humidity levels and does not have high humidity requirements. Typical outdoor humidity is usually adequate for this plant. Indoor growing may require additional humidity if the air is very dry.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure bright light and proper air circulation for indoor Rosa Pretty Polly.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in sunny spot with well-draining soil for outdoor Rosa Pretty Polly.

    • Hardiness zone

      5-11 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The Pretty Polly Rose, also known as 'Meitonje' (Min), begins its life as a dormant bare-root or potted specimen when planted in well-drained soil with good sunlight exposure. It soon enters a vegetative stage, producing leaves and stems rapidly in spring and early summer as temperatures warm. The rose then reaches a blooming stage, producing its characteristic pink flowers throughout the growing season, which can be deadheaded to encourage further blooms. As temperatures cool in fall, the rose may slow its growth and produce fewer flowers, preparing for dormancy. In winter, the plant enters a dormant period where it conserves energy, although in milder climates some minimal growth may continue. Year over year, this perennial shrub will mature, expanding in size and bloom quantity with proper care, such as pruning, feeding, and disease management, completing its life cycle seasonally.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to Summer

    • The Rosa Pretty Polly, a variety of miniature rose known for its compact growth and abundant flowers, is most commonly propagated by softwood cuttings. This method is typically undertaken during late spring or early summer when the plant's new growth is still flexible but not too mature. Cuttings should be about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 cm) long with several leaves, and the lower end cut just below a leaf node. It's important to remove any flowers or buds to redirect the plant's energy into root formation. The cuttings are then dipped in rooting hormone and placed in a soil mix with good drainage. They should be kept in a humid environment and out of direct sunlight until roots develop, which usually takes a few weeks.