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FfoxgloveFfoxglove Posts: 538
I was hoping for some advice se on my Austin JC rose.

It's currently in a pot and not overly happy. It has flowered but is quite a small wedybplant still (it's now 1m5yrs old)
I think because the pot is too small and it's quite a lanky rose.
I have a small space in my garden I could plant it in but it's in a shady corner. It'd only get sun on the top of the plant as it grows up the trellis.
What should I do... Buy a bigger pot or plant it out.

Thanks for any and all advice! 


  • FfoxgloveFfoxglove Posts: 538
    edited April 2019

    this is it last summer it managed a few flowers. 
  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,324
    I think if it were mine, I would repot it into a larger pot once its flowering season is over, prune it back by about half, perhaps removing some of the skinny stems down to the ground. If you plant it in the shade, it might not do so well and get straggly again as it reaches for the sun. Sorry do you mean its 1m high, 5 years old, or 1.5 years old?
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
  • FfoxgloveFfoxglove Posts: 538
    Hi @Nollie thank you for your advice :smiley: It's 1.5 years old. I pruned it back quite a bit last year because of skinny stems and it's growing like that again in its pot.
    This is the space I was considering planting it to the left of the camellia as thought the wallflowers might conceal its legginess. 

  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,324
    Hmm, think we need @Marlorena on the case, she will know more of its growth habit and how it should be behaving!
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
  • FfoxgloveFfoxglove Posts: 538
    Thanks nollie here's a pic of the rose currently in its pot. 

  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 8,346
    Your rose looks o.k... there isn't much compost in the pot and it looks rather on the dry side.. but it's doing quite well considering... it doesn't want to be pruned back too much in the early years, you should just let it grow.. and prune back a bit after the first main flush of blooms.... you could plant it in that border if you wanted, it will have to be at some point, or repotted this season, if you want it to do well..

    A superlative rose when well grown...   see what you can do but it will struggle in that small pot... 
    East Anglia, England
  • FfoxgloveFfoxglove Posts: 538
    Thank you @Marlorena. When would be the best time of year to plant it in the border? Would you Repot it now for this blooming season?
    Thanks in advance. I second the idea that you should have a blog by the way! 
  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 8,346
    @Ffoxglove   oh thank you, that's kind..   well, if that was mine I would plant it in your border as soon as this warm weather, which is unseasonal, has passed over... looks like next week in my area, with lower temps and maybe some rain...
    That rose should be getting pot bound by now if you've had it in the pot for 1.5 years... you should be able to just pull it up clean out of the pot with the roots all in tact... and plant...
    Remember to water in well,... at this time water is more important to the rose than feeding it...
    East Anglia, England
  • FfoxgloveFfoxglove Posts: 538
    Thank you.
    LYes it looks like it will rain from Wednesday. I will clear the planting area and enrich the soil a bit then take it out when it cools.
    Thank you again for your advice both @Marlorena and @Nollie.

  • FfoxgloveFfoxglove Posts: 538
    I have just finished getting this out of its pot and I was concerned to see that the roots have barely grown since I got it! In fact you could see the shape of the DA pot in which it came almost perfectly.

    I've enriched my planting spot with John inners no. 3 and some rooting compound to hopefully encourage it. 
    Fingers crossed it will thrive in the bed and grow some larger roots. 

    I didn't detect any infestation so I don't know why the roots were so small. 

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