You don’t have to have a yard, ideal soil, or perfect drainage to raise roses. All you need is a sunny location and enough room for a large container. Transform a deck, terrace, patio, or balcony into a fragrant retreat with pots glowing with color. Container grown roses live happily for years when given what they need. Just follow these steps:
- Choose the right rose. Fragrant, compact, disease-resistant varieties with continual bloom perform best. Avoid climbers or large shrub roses.
- Pick the right pot. Anything with a drainage hole will work. (1/2 barrels are a great choice).
- Use quality potting mix and enrich with compost to increase water holding capacity.Use a general organic soil that does NOT include any type of granular or time release fertilizer. Use of this type of potting soil may burn the roots and void our warranty.
- Water regularly so that soil is moist, but not wet.
- Feed often for more blooms. First in spring, once new growth unfurls, and then after each flush of blooms – about every 4 to 6 weeks. In colder zones, stop fertilizing 8 weeks prior to the first frost. Always use a fertilizer that begins as a liquid in the bottle, such as Alaska Fish Fertilizer for the first year. Use of granular products in the first year may burn the roots and void our warranty.
- Prune as normal to deadhead, shape, and control insects and disease.
- Re-pot every two to three years to refresh the soil.
- Root prune if you’re trying to keep the plant small.
- Transplant into a larger container if you notice a decrease in blooms.