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Container Grown Roses


I was just wondering what everyone's opinions were on the best way to plant container grown roses? I have read so many varying 'tips' online and in magazines such as different composts they claim to be the 'best', whether or not to include a rose fertiliser after planting straight away or after a few months, whether to include manure when you are planting, some say yes some say not to get it too close to the roots etc. Also varying opinions on the best sizes of pots.

So my main question is to those of you that have tried and tested what would you say is the best way to plant them?


  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,167

    I have 6 roses in containers; I use ordinary compost mixed with fish blood and bone meal. At appropriate times of the year they get a sprinkling of rose food. Have just put well rotted horse manure around the plants, but not touching the stems. They need a lot of water in the hot weather!

    Hope this helpsimage

  • Thanks artjak that is great advice. I have some roses that are waiting to be planted up in containers so I shall bear your tips in mind image 

  • I know if they're planted bare root in the ground your not supposed to feed them in the first year other than fish, blood and bone in the planting hole, to stop them making too much top growth and concentrate instead on making a good root system first. 

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 22,662



    I also have several roses in containers, including some climbers. The pots should be quite big, mine are 50cms tall and 50cms wide at the top. I put in some crocks for drainage then fill to about 2 thirds with garden soil mixed with rotted manure and compost. The top third is just compost, which will keep the weeds down. My roses have been fine. I feed and water them more than if they were in the ground, they need quite a lot of water.

    Photo of "The Pilgrim" a David Austin small climber.


    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • allium2allium2 Posts: 413

    That's a lovely rose Busy-Lizzie. 

  • Thanks Lizzie and I agree allium2 her rose is gorgeous! xxx

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