Growing Roses In Containers adds great summer color to your patio year after year. Learn how to grow roses and taking care of them in pots. Growing roses in pots is easier than you might think.
Learn all about pruning and fertilizing your roses in containers.
There is no great mystery in learning how to grow roses. They respond
well to extra care and attention, basically, anyone can have success
How To Grow Roses In Pots
All roses should be planted in a position where they can have a minimum
of four hours of sunlight each day from spring to autumn. Growing roses
in pots or
containers has the enormous advantage that they can be moved through the
seasons to catch the sun.
Container roses should be planted in pots containing a good all purpose
compost with a small cupful of bonemeal added. A large bush rose needs a
at least a 25 litre capacity although you can grow miniature roses in
quite small pots.
Choose the right pot for growing roses in containers.
Depth is more important when choosing a rose pot than width. Rose bushes
have a deep root so choose a pot that is deep. Shallow bowls are not a
choice for roses.
When you are ready to plant your rose, take it out of its existing pot
and soak its base in a bucket of water for about half an hour. Have
filled with only about two-thirds of the compost.
Place the rose in the new container, trying to spread out the roots a little and fill in the rest of
the compost so that the bases of the stems of the rose are covered to a depth of about three inches. Water it well in.
Planting Your Rose Bush In A Pot
Fertilizing Roses In Pots
For fertilising your roses it might be the easiest to use an organic rose fertilizer several times during the growing season. There are several of these on the market, some
of which are specifically designed for roses.
When you are growing roses in containers it is very important to feed
them regularly. If you do this correctly you will be able to enjoy your
rose bush for
many years.There are several different ways to do this:
To do this just remove the top layer of potting soil. This is best done in the spring before the new growth starts. Remove as much as
you can without damaging the roots. Then mix the appropriate amount of
fertilizer with fresh potting soil. Fill up the pot with this mixture
and water it in. All you have to do now is to
Alternatively you can use a liquid organic rose fertilizer that you mix into the
water. Use it according to the instructions on the pack.
A rose in a container depends entirely on us to provide it with water
and feeding and will not do well unless it is watered regularly, which
every day in a dry summer.
Rose Bush Care For Growing Roses In Containers
Pruning Roses: To keep your rose bush flowering throughout the summer it is
very important that you dead-head finished flowers. Use a good pair of
secateurs to remove the old flower head including some of the stem. You should cut away at least two leaves with the old flower.
Before the winter I tend to cut off all the old flower stems and move
the pot to a sheltered spot. If you live in a very cold area it might be
idea to cover the rose bush with some fir branches or horticultural
fleece to protect them from frost damage.
In the spring when you see the buds swelling it is time to prepare your rose for the new season.
Prune the rose bush back and remove thin and sick looking branches at
the base. You can be quite ruthless and cut the plant back hard. This
encourage new shoots that will be able to produce a lot of flowers
during the summer.
You can unfortunately have the same problems with growing roses in
containers than with growing roses in the ground. The most common rose
blackspot and mildew. I always try to avoid the use of manmade chemicals to treat pests and diseases.
In my opinion only roses with a good natural disease resistance should
be grown. This is half the battle so choose wisely. Choose a disease resistant rose for your pot. They are much more enjoyable and trouble free than rose varieties that tend to get mildew and balckspot.
Greenflies are a very common problem when you are growing roses in
containers. In my experience they come and they go. I don't get too
excited about them.
If they are really bad I use a spray with fatty acids or soapy water.
Organic pest control methods are very useful for getting rid of those
Vine weevils can become a problem when taking care of roses in pots. The
larvae of the weevils are chewing on the roots during the winter months
can destroy your rose bush. To prevent this problem you can use a
potting mix with a special ingredient.
An organic method against vine weevil larvae are nematodes that you can
order from specialist suppliers. They have to be watered into the soil
kill the larvae in the ground.