Growing Roses in Containers

Wild Thing Shrub Rose
Most rose varieties can be grown easily in containers, everything except the largest climbing roses. Growing roses in a container is not really any more difficult than growing other plants in containers.
  • Your container must be large enough to house mature root system (usually about 15 inches tall and wide).
  • Your container must have good drainage – do not use a container that doesn’t have drainage holes in the  bottom
  • Use high quality, nutrient rich soil. Commercial potting soil is perfect, but amending it with equal parts compost and manure will really give your rose a running start.
  • Place your rose where it can receive enough light. Most rose varieties prefer full sunlight – think about placement beforehand to save yourself some trouble.
Potted plants use nutrients much more quickly than if they were planted in the ground. Use an all-purpose rose fertilizer once every other watering, and/or work a rich compost into your soil mixture. You will also need to water more often with potted roses because the soil moisture will evaporate more quickly. Roses need a deep watering, but they will rot if they are perpetually moist. Stick your finger into the soil to test – if it is dry it is time to water again.

If you want to try growing roses in containers here are a couple of suggested starter varieties that will be relatively easy to grow: Happy Chappy Groundcover Rose is a very hardy, weather tolerant rose that responds well to container gardening.


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