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How to plant white rose root

Good Evening All,

Amateur gardener and I have received this 'Sweet Child of Mine' White Rose plant. How is it best to plant this in a pot I.e. Can I plant this root now in a large pot and keep it outside or is it too cold? Any tips on how to grow this would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.


  • Mr. Vine EyeMr. Vine Eye Posts: 2,335
    edited December 2019

    Hello, nice looking rose. 

    I would plant it so that the soil level was about where the red line is. So the graft is an inch or two below the top of the soil.

    If planting in a pot, then use as large a one as you can - at least 45cm deep and wide if you’re planning to keep it in a pot long term then bigger is better.

    Use a soil based compost mix - like John Innes no 3 - because this is better for mature plants - it’s more meaty and retains nutrients better. Multipurpose compost isn’t suitable for sustaining a hungry plant in a pot for any length of time. Make sure it drains well, you can add sharp sand/grit to the mix if necessary, and maybe have a layer of gravel or crocks in the bottom of the pot.

    Roses are fully hardy in the UK so unless you’re in an area that has really extreme cold. Then there’s no problem potting it and then leaving it outside.
    East Yorkshire
  • Perfect - thank you! Very useful information! 
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,902
    @Mr. Vine Eye would you advise then pruning down further? 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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