How to Boost a Rose Garden in Pots

Have you ever heard that anything which grows in the floor can be grown in a container? That’s true, even for roses. While potted forests have added watering and watering requirements, they are wonderful for patios, decks and balconies, which makes them versatile focal points in almost any size backyard. See our step-by-step guide here to make growing a rose container garden simpler.


1. Select your container. You can use plastic or clay, depending upon your geographical area. Gardeners in colder climates may elect for vinyl, which resists cracking in colder temperatures, while gardeners in warmer climates will discover that clay pots do a much better job at keeping improved roots cool during warm summers.

Use containers that are big enough for the type of rose you will be growing — 10-inch-deep containers for miniature roses up to 1 1/2 feet tall; at 1-foot-deep containers for terrace roses up to 2 feet tall; 15-inch-deep containers for little shrub roses up to 2 to 3 feet tall; and 18- to 22-inch-deep pots for bigger shrub roses which grow up to 4 feet tall.

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2. Mix your soil. Roses are heavy feeders, needing a lot of nourishment to keep thriving and growing. Container-grown roses will need a consistent diet of superior nutrients and soil, so get them off to a fantastic start after planting.

Mix together in equal amounts:
Potting soil
Garden compost
Well-rotted steer manure or well-rotted mushroom mulch

you could also add a cup of perlite for extra drainage and an additional cup of bonemeal for fertilizing.

This isn’t a hard and fast recipe — anything along the lines of compost, worm castings and drainage substance added to potting soil will do.

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3. Plant your roses.

Fill out the container two-thirds full of your planting mixture.
Place the rose on the soil surface with its roots gently distribute.
Fill in with more planting mixture and add any additional plants you desire at this time — cascading plants like sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas) are ideal.
Fill the container into the top border with dirt, since it will settle down when watered.
Water in thoroughly.

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4. Care for your roses. You’ll need to fertilize and water container roses more frequently than those implanted in the floor. If you poke your finger into the soil surface and it is dry about 1 inch, it is time to water. Fertilize every 2 weeks with your preferred water-soluble fertilizer, following the package instructions.

Be prepared to move your potted roses inside during very cold winters in northern climates. In the spring employ a tablespoon of epsom salts at the bottom of each plant for healthy foliage. A springtime application of fish emulsion is excellent for blooms.

Maintain the containers spaced at least 2 feet apart for good air circulation around your roses, which reduces the probability of bacterial infections. Potted roses need the identical amount of total sunlight (at least six to seven hours a day) and also the exact same pruning regime and program as foul-smelling forests.

The New York Botanical Garden

Suggested roses for containers. Virtually any rose will grow well in a container, with the exception of very large shrubs and climbers. Look for roses tagged “miniature,” “terrace rose/larger miniatures,” “little tree” or “medium shrub rose.”

Mini roses: ‘Little Linda’, ‘Peter Pan’ and ‘Fireworks’
Patio roses or bigger miniatures: ‘Coffee Bean’, ‘Avon’ and ‘Irresistible’
Little shrub roses: ‘Lady Elsie May,’ ‘Laura’ and ‘Happy Child’
Medium shrub roses: ‘Cinco de Mayo, ” ‘Knockout’ and ‘Betty Boop’

Revealed: ‘Cinco de Mayo’

The New York Botanical Garden

Revealed: ‘Lady Elsie May’

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