The rose is one of the world’s most beloved flowers. You can grow them in containers for an enchanting and tidy effect. Follow these steps to cultivating a healthy, happy contained rose plants.
Growing roses in a container is different than growing rose bushes on the ground. It’s important to select a species of rose that will flourish in a container. The patio rose is a miniature floribunda, a species that comes in a variety of colors and produces impressive tea-shaped blossoms. This is the ideal container rose because its long, thin roots find nutrients easily, and it doesn’t require much maintenance. It can grow up to 2 feet tall.
There are several options within the patio rose classification. “Nice Day” is a climbing patio rose with a peachy-pink color. “Laura Ford” is a shorter climber that yields small, vibrant yellow blooms. “Sweet Dream” is a cup-shaped orange patio rose with a light fragrance. These are just a few types of rose that would thrive in containers.
Prepare a container
Rose containers are often tall and narrow. An ideal patio rose planter is at least 3 feet deep. If you prefer, you can re-purpose a tub or barrel to hold your plant. Ensure that any container you use is weather-resistant and won’t crack in the cold. Drill some drainage holes in the bottom of the container. Cover them with mesh so the soil won’t fall out.
Roses need lots of sun and fresh air, but if you do everything in a right way your roses will be as gorgeous as roses from lamour et fleurs. Position the container so that the flowers will spend half the day in sunlight. The large container will likely be very heavy when full, so be sure to place it before you start planting. Bricks or a rolling platform beneath the planter can help with drainage.
Begin to plant
The rose plant needs a rich, well-draining dirt. Create a hardy mixture by combining compost or aged manure with potting soil. The solution should be two-thirds regular soil, one-third compost. Do not include fertilizer in this mix. Plant in autumn, late winter or early spring.
Fill the container halfway with the hybrid soil. Press the rose into the container so that the bud union, the knot at the base of the stems, sits below the surface of the dirt. This will hold the plant firmly in place.
Continue filling the container with soil. Be sure to leave a couple inches of room at the top so you will be able to add water.
Feed, feed, feed
Your newborn rose needs the “big three” nutrients: nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium. Nourish the plant with a diet of granular fertilizer that contains these elements. Slowly work the fertilizer into the soil according to the directions on the package. Water it fastidiously. Stop fertilizing six weeks before the projected first frost.
Cover the surface of the dirt in a blanket of aged manure. This preserves the moisture in the soil during periods of cold weather.
Don’t forget to prune
It’s crucial to clip away dead and diseased wood so new roses can blossom. Do this during the winter or early spring months while the rose is dormant. When cutting off a shoot, slice just above the rosebud, a tiny nub on the stem that faces outward. Remove twig-like shoots and growths that interrupt the general shape of the rosebush.
With care and nourishment, your patio rose will last for years. It will blossom in the summer and continue to bloom through fall. The container-grown rose will provide a dose of beautiful color on your patio, deck, or another outdoor area.