Even gardeners with limited space can raise roses easily in containers. Plus, an attractive planter is a great complement to a beautiful rose.
Container roses are the answer to the space and time dilemma. They can be used in regular gardens as accent or specimen plants. Containers also adapt well to apartments, balconies and patios. You are no longer limited to just planting miniatures. You can also plant floribundas, small hybrid teas and tree roses, providing the container is large enough.
There are advantages and disadvantages to container rose gardening. Make your own decision; most gardeners feel it is worth the extra effort.
Whether you choose them to be practical or fashionable, there are many options:
When choosing containers:
Container roses need the same basic care as any potted plant:
Soil - Use a quality potting soil mix.
Light - Provide light as dictated by the variety. Roses generally need full sun.
Water - Water as needed to keep the roots moist for maximum flowering. Avoid getting water on the leaves.
Food - Use diluted plant food. Since water drains out more quickly, so will the fertilizer.
Temperature - Take extra care to prevent freezing.
Grooming - Deadhead spent blossoms and watch for disease and pests.
Pruning - Remove old canes and close or crossing canes.
Repot - Increase container size as needed when growth dictates. It's a good idea to repot every three to four years to replace soil which has experienced salt buildup. Make sure you disturb the root ball as little as possible.