Planting a Rambling Rector

I have never planted a rose before so I need some advise please

I have bought a bare root rambling rector and the instructions say use plenty of organic matter preferably farmyard manure - i keep chickens and guinea pigs - can i use their manure?

also can i plant it in a pot and if so how big would the pot need to be. 

thank you

Elsa x

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  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619

    Your chicken and guinea pig manure should be fine, but any manure should be well rotted, not used fresh.

    Rambling rector gets to a very large size indeed, and I would be doubtful it would be happy in a pot.

  • Gold1locksGold1locks Posts: 499

    Definitely not a rose for a pot! 

  • yes i didnt think it would like a pot because it is a huge plant!

    thanks i wil use my chicken and guinea pig manure - i thought it shoul be ok, but i thought i had better check as i know a lot of people put horse manure on their roses.

    i need to cover a large area quickly - does anyone know how much growth i will get from my rector this year please?

  • DaisybirdDaisybird Posts: 12
    Rambling Rector is a fantastic rose that will achieve 20feet plus when fully grown. My own rose was still holding some flowers in december!! It is possible to make 8-10 feet of growth in a single season as long as the weather is on your side. All new plants need to be well watered for their 1st year, in order to establish well, and roses are no exception. When planting, make sure you plant 2 feet from the wall or fence that your growing it up, to ensure the rain reaches the roots, and water heavily, once a week, in hot weather. Giving it a thourough drenching with several cans worth of water is better than watering a little but often(that simply encourages weak surface roots).lastly, in may/june give your rose a good feed with rose feed or tomato feed, to boost those blooms.
  • Thank you Daisybird - I want my rector to be huge, huge, HUGE!!! x

  • DaisybirdDaisybird Posts: 12
    Oh no worries there, it will be!
  • Paul NPaul N Posts: 222

    Your Rambling Rector like my Bobby James and Kiftsgate may need a couple of years to get going but then one day you'll go outside and look upwards and say "Holy Moses..." Yes, if the compost comes in contact with the roots, well rotted only. You can mulch with fresh stuff but keep it away from the stem. And a bucket of water each week for the first year would be appreciated.

  • gardengirl6gardengirl6 Posts: 223

    Elsa, if you want to plant a rose in a pot, there are plenty of patio roses available which have been bred especially to grow in pots.

  • Paul N wrote (see)

    Your Rambling Rector like my Bobby James and Kiftsgate may need a couple of years to get going but then one day you'll go outside and look upwards and say "Holy Moses..." 

    I like the sound of this.  Last autumn I planted a Rambling Rector to grow through a large tree and a Kiftsgate to cover a double garage.  I look forward to the 'Holy Moses' moment.

  • My kiftsgate is magnificent this year and I'm about to plant a Rambling Rector too. I hope it will be ok on a North Facing wall!!

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