How to grow roses in a pot
You don’t need a large space to have your very own rose garden. Many roses are perfectly suited to growing in pots, where they can be beautifully displayed on a veranda, courtyard or balcony. One of the many benefits of growing roses in pots is that they can be moved into the spotlight while they’re in full bloom. If you missed out on planting a bare rooted rose during winter, many gorgeous rose varieties are available in pots from garden centres during spring.
- Choose a pot that is at least 500mm wide and deep (miniature roses can grow in a smaller pot). Position the pot in full sun.
- Fill with quality potting mix, such as Yates® Premium Potting Mix. Remove and/or push soil to the side to create a planting hole. Use the excess soil to create a mound in the centre of the hole.
- Remove the rose from its pot or packaging, remove excess soil and prune off any damaged or broken roots. Then, carefully spread the roots evenly over the mound.
- Backfill hole with potting mix, ensuring the graft union (where the stem joins onto the rootstock) is 5cm above the top of the soil. Adjust if necessary, firm the soil and water well.
- Once shoots or leafy growth starts to appear, feed weekly with Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food.
- Cut flowers to enjoy inside the home and also remove spent flowers – this will help promote more blooms.
- Prune roses back by two-thirds in winter, removing dead branches and any stems growing inwards – an open, vase shape will help with light and air circulation.
- Roses have large root systems, so it’s ideal to re-pot every couple of years into larger pots to prevent them becoming root-bound.