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Bare root Tess of the D in container

Hi all - I’m aware that there’s already been a lot of discussion about trailing roses in containers on this forum 😃Read a fair bit of that already and I want try a Tess of the D this November. I’m planning to put it next to the entrance door. South facing wall. Going to get a David Austin bare root. I have space for a half barrel or even bigger container. My question is - should I go for that large a container directly? Generally the common wisdom is that we should increase the pot size for plants gradually in order to not shock it during replanting so I’m a bit confused about this. Any advice you can provide is highly appreciated. 


  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 7,903
    ...just plant it direct into the large pot... it's not a good idea with roses to keep repotting on into larger pots like you do with other shrubs or perennials... that is not good practice... but there are other ways around it if you want to consider.. could pot up your bare root rose into a plastic container of suitable size, grow it on in that, and prepare your barrel next Spring.. then at the end of May transplant your rose from the plastic pot.. or for a few pounds extra buy one already done by DA next May, it will be full of buds, and be ready for transplanting to your new pot...

    East Anglia, England
  • Thank you so much Marlorena. Elated to get a response from a rose expert like you on my first rose related post 😃 I think getting a potted plant from DA would be a better idea. I’ve to wait till May but oh well.
  • Hi @Indranil
    I grow tess in a container. I love the colour but she hasn't got that tall for me... Maybe 1.5m. She repeats well though and has good disease resistance. 
    I'm. Hoping next year she'll get a hit taller. Quite wide growing. 

  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 7,903
    @Ffoxglove looking good !.. I knew someone here had this rose...
    East Anglia, England
  • @Ffoxglove that looks lovely! Thanks so much for sharing. Gave me a lot of confidence to try.
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