Can roses be grown in containers?

Thyme4Tea(6)February 18, 2013

We're renting and not able to plant a lovely rose garden. Since everything has to be container grown, I was wondering if roses can be grown in a container, if I make sure the pot is big enough to give good root growth? Can Heirloom, Country, or David Austin roses be grown that way? I'm in zone 6.

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seil zone 6b MI

YES! You certainly can grow roses in pots. I have about 35 in pots at the moment but have had as many as 60 in pots.

I've grown every thing from micro-minis to OGRs to climbers, and several David Austins, in pots. If you make sure the pots are large enough and have good drainage and good potting soil they should do great! In your zone they will need winter protection though. If you do not have a garage that you can keep them in for winter you'll need to find a way to protect them. This is what I do.

They're lined against the wall of the house, packed with leaves and wrapped in burlap. It's worked for about 6 winters now.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 8:03PM
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amberroses(10a)

Yes, use a big pot.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 8:04PM
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Thyme4Tea(6)

That's wonderful news! And, Seil, your roses are gorgeous! I'm excited to know that they can be grown that way! :)

    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 8:19PM
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ken-n.ga.mts(7a/7b)

Use BIG pots for the roses you're looking at. Min. of 20" wide and 24" deep. Use good potting soil, not expensive potting soil.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 8:57PM
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cecily(7 VA)

I like to use the 'foam' pots to reduce the weight. Drill extra holes in the bottom of the pot to ensure good drainage and set the pot on 'pot feet' or small rocks so it will really drain (no saucers!).

    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 7:52AM
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opaka

I also like the fabric "smart pots" for my roses. They supposedly prevent root binding by air pruning the roots, but I like that they are light, and you can get very large sizes (like 3 feet deep!)

    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 9:36AM
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msjam2

Here's Golden Celebration:

Abe Darby

    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 11:17AM
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jktx55(8a TX)

I thought I was fond of roses until I just seen Seil's photo of all those pots with roses in them.
1. That is quite a investment in pots.
2. That is a lot of labor moving all those pots.
3. You must have a impressive watering system.
4. Surely you must be retired in order to take care of them.
You can tell I'm impressed with your dedication to roses.

    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 3:04PM
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Thyme4Tea(6)

msjam2: Your roses are beautiful, also! I had an Abe Darby when I lived in Indiana and loved it!

    Bookmark   February 19, 2013 at 6:12PM
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alana8asc

what size pots are best for roses?

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 7:08PM
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canadian_rose(zone 3a)

msjam - how often do you prune your roses' roots?
Carol

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 8:10PM
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msjam2

Both roses have since moved to their permanent spot in the ground. They grew too big even though those pots are huge. My potted roses get their roots trimmed and I replace the potting soil at the same every two years.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 10:01PM
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kittymoonbeam

Yes you have to plan on replacing the soil because it breaks down over time. If you live where it's hot in summer, putting the pot inside another larger pot helps to shade the roots. Don't let them go very dry in summer because this can make the roses stop blooming. Be sure to water well the day before you feed them.

The fun about pots is being able to move them wherever you like. I use it to find the right planting locations sometimes and also when we have friends and family over, I move them around to add color. They don't mind being in the shade for a day if you put them back in the sun right away. During heatwaves, my potted roses hide under trees and in the shade of the house where they prefer it I'm sure.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 11:40PM
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jumbojimmy(Australa)

I can only afford to look after about 8 roses in containers. More than 8 is a LOT of work. Imagine all the dead-heading, sweeping the ground, watering and fertising and dealing with pest and diseases.

Roses grow very quickly when they are healthy and when you don't prune them - having to transplant those pots after 2 years is a pain.

I prefer plastic containers for easy to move around. However, they are light in weight and can get knocked over by strong winds and if unlucky, the canes get damaged.

Roses in containers require lots of watering - someone had suggested to water the roses with a hose on the leaves and onto the soil to prevent spider mite invasion...and thank to whoever she is - that method works!

    Bookmark   February 21, 2013 at 3:11AM
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barb_in_dc(z7 DC)

I grow everything in containers including climbing roses, Knock-Outs, and several other kinds of roses. Plus other perennials including phlox and hydrangeas. I don't have to worry about protecting them in the winter because ours have become so mild over the years. Good potting soil, drainage, size-appropriate pots and lots of watering are the keys to success.

One thing I do is keep the perennials in plastic or resin pots and save the porcelain and clay pots for annuals. The latter get emptied out before the worst of winter hits to avoid cracking and breakage.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2013 at 1:51PM
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canadian_rose(zone 3a)

Thanks msjam
Plus - when you take the roses out of the pots to prune the roots - do you wash away all the soil on the roots or just do minimal invasive work?
Thanks so much!!
Carol

    Bookmark   February 22, 2013 at 2:00AM
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jumbojimmy(Australa)

That's an interesting concept re: root pruning...wouldn't it damage and injure the rose?

    Bookmark   February 22, 2013 at 3:11AM
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dragoonsers(10/11 Coastal)

I am so impressed by the pictures above! I'm in a hot zone-10 and grow mine in pots as well since the ground soil is too alkaline/waterlogged/saline. I had stopped but now, i'm going back into roses! Thank you!

    Bookmark   September 22, 2013 at 2:26AM
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HollyKline

I have 10 so far, and I'm adding at least 4 next year. I love growing them in pots; I'm in a HOA-governed place, and I don't have a lot of space to plant in the earth, so it's a good alternative for me. You have to keep after the nutrition and the watering, but it's really not too bad.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2013 at 1:57PM
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jardineratx

I have a few roses in containers, but I only keep them in a pot for 2-3 years, then I find a place for them in the garden. I am considering planting a couple of them in bottomless containers where root competition from neighboring trees is a problem. I wonder if the roots having a little more access to soil (below the container) would be helpful. I seem to remember that someone of this forum said they removed the bottom of a galvanized tub. Has anyone tried this method?
Molly

    Bookmark   September 23, 2013 at 2:45PM
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