How to grow roses in a pot
Bare rooted roses (roses which are packed into plastic bags filled with sawdust) are available for planting in winter, whereas potted roses can be planted at other times of the year.
- 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 Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter. 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.