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I have some bare root roses arriving in the next week but unfortunately due to a health problem the space they were ordered for is not ready so I will need to keep them safe until the autumn will they be OK in large pots during the summer as space is limited.

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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,049

    Yes.  Soak the roots in a bucket of water for an hour or overnight to rehydrate them then pot them up with good quality John Innes 3 compost and bury the graft union between 1 to 2 inches (3 to 5cms).  Keep them watered and give an occasional liquid feed of tomato food up until mid July.

    I do this with all my new roses now so they can spend a whole season developing good roots with no competition before they go out into the borders.

     

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  • Forgot to mention they are Rhapsody in Blue

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  • obelixx, many thanks I will do just that, what size pot do you use?

    If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,049

    I use big deep round or square ones, about 40 to 60cms across and deep but that's because I keep mine in them for at least a year and sometimes 18 months.  That way their roots can grow well and not freeze to pieces if I put them in the unheated greenhouse for winter.

    I either mulch with chipped bark to keep weeds down or underplant with pansies.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Again thank you for all you help and information I just need to keep them safe till next autumn when they will be planted out into there new positions.

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