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Very weak looking rose. Has been in pot   Not dead. But not doing well   Any ideas ?


  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,326
    It does look rather sorry for itself, doesn’t it? Its planted right on the edge of the pot, so that will be restricting it’s root growth. It can be a large rose, so would need that pot to itself, planted in the middle. It has also been planted too high, better to plant it deeper so the graft (the knobbly bit where the green stems are growing from) is below the soil. That way, it will send up new canes from the base and be bushier. I would also prune it by at least a third, maybe even by half, as it has got very leggy. Roses in pots also need good loam-based soil to grow well, plus regular feeding and lots of watering to do well.
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
  • PotwomanPotwoman Posts: 76
    Ah Thankyou.   It was actually planted in the middle  I just eased it out to look at the roots and popped it back in to take the photo   I will do as you suggest thanks again 
  • NollieNollie Posts: 7,326
    Hello again, as it has been popped in and out already, and you may have damaged the fine feeder roots in the process, I would probably trim the roots (which will encourage it to put out new ones) and refresh the soil at the same time as replanting. I would also remove the other plants. Strictly speaking, it’s a bit late to be pruning hard, but as it is not doing terribly well, probably worth the risk. Next year, prune it back by about a third when dormant, no later than end of Feb/March. If it throws out very long canes during the summer, don’t be afraid to prune them back to desired size after flowering.

    As I mentioned, it does grow pretty large. In an ideal world you would plant it in the ground, but if that is not possible, be prepared to provide some support for it in the pot. I grow mine in the ground as a short climber, as this seems to be what it wants to do. It’s about 5ft high.

    Good luck, hope it improves for you.
    Mountainous Northern Catalunya, Spain. Hot summers, cold winters.
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