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Climbing Roses

i planted two climbing roses last autumn in a very large trough. Neither rose has grown much (a couple foot at most) in the past year and also I didnt have any flowers at all.

There is no sign of disease but they are in a windy spot though have direct sun all day. All my standards and normal rose bushes that are in the same area have done really well so i don't think it is down to the location and conditions.

Am I missing a key element with climbers or could I have just bought a "bad batch"? I do t know if I should cut my losses and get some new ones or persevere with these. Any guidance or thoughts would be appreciated .



  • Dave MorganDave Morgan Posts: 3,123

    I don't find roses ever do that well in pots even big ones, apart from the miniture roses. Although some on here have some success. Climbers in my experience take a year to put down good root systems anyway as do most roses so persevere for now. They usually do better second year anyway.

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,129

    Not all roses are suitable for containers as they don't like having their roots restricted and need a great deal of food and water do well.   Most will take a season to settle in wherever they are planted.

    What varieties did you plant?  What compost did you use?  Did you feed them generously at the start of the season and water regularly with occasional feeds?

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Thank you. They are Danse de feu.

    We used a mixture of multi purpose compost and Earth from the garden. I fed monthly from April with rose feed and watered daily when it didn't rain. This was the same for all other garden roses we have so maybe it's the pots as I had a great display with everything else.

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,129

    I've checked the website of my favourite rose supplier here in Belgium and it says this rose is not suitable for cultivation in a pot.

    The RHS website says all roses need a generous dollop of slow release fertiliser in late winter/early spring plus additional feeds later on so I suspect your roses are simply not getting enough nutrients and root space.

    If you can, plant them out in the garden and choose a more suitable specimen for your trough.   Either way, replace as much of the compost as possible with John Innes no 3 which is better than the multi purpose compost.

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • I have a Danse de Feu, which is three years old and although it does flower a little, I think I too have planted it in the wrong place.  It is against a tall (6') wooden fence and in front of it there is a large viburnum which loses its leaves in winter but flowers from September to Spring with wonderful scented pink flowers.  I feel that although several feet away it is obstructing the rose, especially since the rose faces north.

    I would follow Obelixx' advice and plant in the garden.

  • Thank you all. I shall move them out the trough and find something more suitable for that spot. Much appreciated 

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