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Rose catastrophy

GrajeanGrajean Posts: 414
I have a large bush rose which is planted in a pot - over 10 years ago and has rooted into the ground. We had terrific storms and gales and the rose and pot were blown almost horizontal. Since then all the leaves have drooped and its looking very sad. It was tied upright again and watered, is there a chance it will survive?


  • I'm no expert but roses are pretty robust plants. 

    Is it worth pruning to reduce its size until the roots recover?
  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,286
    I'm assuming the root broke when the pot blew over. This means that your plant is trying to exist on just part of its support system so it would be a good idea to cut it back a bit to give it a chance to recover. As autumn takes over the plant will be losing its leaves anyway and will be due a decent prune at the end of winter so you'll just be a bit ahead of the game.
  • TackTack Posts: 1,211
    Does the rose have to be in a pot given it rooted there? Could you plant it in the ground? It sounds like it needs that or at least a much bigger pot.
    Central southern England
  • GrajeanGrajean Posts: 414
    Thank you. The leaves are now all dried and crisp so will keep watering and cut back by a 3rd. 
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