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Container Gardening with Roses

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Container gardening with roses is a great option if you want to grow roses, but don’t have the space or time for a garden. Here are ten tips for growing roses in containers.

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1. Location

When choosing a location for your container roses, consider factors such as light exposure, ease of watering, and temperature. Roses in containers have the same requirements as roses planted in the ground, so exposure to six hours of direct sunlight a day is necessary for most roses.

If you live in an apartment, you can place container roses on a patio or move them around to suit your decorative needs. It’s easy to transport or move container roses as long as you’re gentle, although large containers can be heavy when filled with soil and plants. With large containers, put them in place before you start planting. You can also rotate the containers so each side of your plant gets enough light exposure.

2. Type of Roses

Not all roses are suitable for container gardening. Do some research to find the roses that will thrive in containers in your environment. Consult your local garden center.

3. Size of Containers

When container gardening with roses, you can put plants closer together than if planting them directly in the ground. You do need to ensure that your container has enough room for the plant roots to grow and enough space for air to circulate. One mistake that first-time growers make is to plant roses in containers that are too small. You may need to transplant your roses if they grow too big for the original container.

4. Type of Containers

You can choose from many different types of containers for containergardening with roses. Most roses come in plastic pots that you can use, but keep in mind that black and other dark plastic containers absorb heat, meaning your roses will dry out faster than in lighter colored pots.

You can also use wooden or ceramic pots. Many garden centers sell decorative terra cotta pots for planting, but they lose water faster than other types of containers. When selecting a container, choose one that is practical as well as attractive. Keep in mind rose size, color, and the surrounding landscape when making your selection.

5. Drainage

When you select a container, make sure it has proper drainage. Some pots may be attractive, but they lack the holes necessary to let excess water drain.

6. Soil Mix

A high quality soil mix for container gardening with roses is essential. You can purchase an appropriate pre-mix soil at your local garden center or you can create your own mix using top soil, compost, and organic material.

7. Watering

When watering your roses, remember that water drains more quickly from a container than it does in the ground. If your plant roses in hanging baskets, you need to water them more than other types of containers. Hanging baskets lose much more water than roses planted in the ground or in other containers. Also, avoid getting excess water on the leaves to help prevent disease.

8. Feeding

Use diluted plant food for container gardening with roses. You also need to fertilize container roses more often than roses planted in the ground because water (taking along the fertilizer) runs out more quickly in containers. You might consider using an all-natural fertilizer.

9. Grooming and Pruning

Watch your roses for signs of disease or pest infection, especially if your roses are located inside. Be sure to remove dead blossoms and prune old canes.

10. Temperature Control

Roses in containers are more sensitive to hot and cold and are therefore more prone to freezing than roses planted in the ground. Take extra care to prevent your roses from freezing, and be sure to bring your container roses indoors during the winter.

Updated: September 15, 2013 — 11:35 pm

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