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adamadamantadamadamant Posts: 225
Hi i have had this rose in the ground for about 8 years - a Zephirine Drouhine, and as you can see although it is healthy it is spindly and weak, and has never been any taller than this.  I want a rose to clothe that 6' wall as I can see it from my kitchen, and also want it to tumble over the top of the wall to the other side.  If I put a new rose in a pot, will the pot in the picture be big enough, and will the rose be slightly smaller because of the constrained roots?  I thought Shropshire Lad or similar, but alot of climbers mainly grow to about 10f oot in height which might be too big. Thoughts?  Can I contain a rose in any other way, eg by pruning?  Many thanks to you all


  • B3B3 Posts: 24,413
    I can't see a container rose clothing and making it over a wall that high
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • AlchemistAlchemist Posts: 267
    edited May 2019
    @adamadamant I had a Isaac Perrier in a 45 cm pot planted from bare root 2 years ago. It grew well and reached ~5-7 feet. Last year I potted this on to a 60 cm pot to be its permanent location and noticed the rose had not filled this pot. Regardless, the rose is now trained against a brick wall with the tallest shoot between 10-12 feet. This was the photo taken late winter/early spring. Since it has put on more growth and has numerous buds.

    Based on the advice from this forum I used a predominantly John innes or a loam based compound with added mpc and manure and it has done well.

    Do you know how big your pot is?

  • adamadamantadamadamant Posts: 225
    That's really encouraging Alchemist, thanks.  I reckon the pot is about 60cm deep by 45 across, so you have given me hope.  I will go ahead I think.  thank you too for the advice on the potting mixture. Your courtyard looks very attractive!  
  • AlchemistAlchemist Posts: 267
    edited May 2019
    Think you will be okay for at least 2-3 years with that as I have few other roses growing in pots that size/age. It could possibly be okay for longer, but I can’t tell as I’ve not grown roses long enough in pots. I’m sure you’ll have others more experienced than me tell you if your rose/pot combination is a bad idea. 
  • adamadamantadamadamant Posts: 225
    Thanks for contribution Alchemist.
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