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Advice on buying rose trees to put in nice pots

Gn0meGn0me Posts: 80
I would like to put (well, my wife) about four large pots down one side of the garden with a different coloured rose tree in each one.

I've really no idea about where to get these from and what types are available.
So far, I've found these:

They're described as growing up to 100cm which I suppose is okay although it would be nice if they could grow about 50% more.

Can these stay in large pots and are these the only type available or are there better ones for the purpose?

Thanks very much and hope you can help.


  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,420
    I would say the first thing is to think about the size of the pot  :)
    The other thing is the feeding, watering etc. that needs to be taken into consideration . Without wishing to cast aspersions on the company in your link, you might be better looking at somewhere like this
    There are several members of the forum who grow roses in pots, but l'm not sure about standard ones. Possibly @Marlorena can advise. 
  • edhelkaedhelka Posts: 2,309
    I would say there are two "types" of standard roses sold. The 1st are full standards - the rose is grafted on a tall stem (1m or more), these are usually shrub roses or ramblers (which then can produce a weeping effect) and you can expect them to grow quite a lot above the graft (up to another meter). I wouldn't put these in pots because they can get top-heavy and you would have problems trying to keep them stabilised in winds, staking would be also a problem.
    Then there are smaller trees (half standards and quarter standards, with smaller hybrid teas or dwarf roses grafted in 50-80cm height). These are nice for pots next to doors or on a patio but I am not sure you would get the effect you want from them.
    In any case, any type of rose would be happier in the ground than in a pot. But if you only can have them in pots, I would suggest these alternatives:
    - Having 4 shrub roses instead. They would give you more blooms and more greenery and you can choose good and reliable varieties for your garden.
    - Having small climbers (or large shrubs grown as climbers, David Austin roses are good for this and some other shrub roses are suitable too) in large pots with small obelisks. This option is for the greatest visual impact. You would need very large pots (60*60cm ideally) for this.
    Alternatively, if you want standard trees and no other alternative, I would recommend having full standard roses in the ground, with a proper stake (tree stake, not a bamboo cane) going deep enough to support the rose.
    If you want half-standards in pots, I would recommend this company instead. They have quite a good choice and are much better than Bakker. You would be getting name varieties, not something called "yellow rose" or "red rose". And a much better chance of success. But you would need to wait for the next bare-root season to order them.
  • Gn0meGn0me Posts: 80
    Thank you so much for your advice, much to think about!
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