Roses – suc­cess in pots

How to grow great roses in even the tini­est space

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Roses are among the na­tion’s favourite flow­ers and, no mat­ter where you gar­den, you can grow them. Most roses are per­fectly happy in pots pro­vided you choose the right one and look af­ter it well – so even if you only have a bal­cony or tiny pa­tio make room for a rose this year.

Which roses to grow

There are many dif­fer­ent types of roses, from sprawl­ing climbers and ram­blers, to shrub, hy­brid and ground­cover types, right down to the tini­est pa­tio va­ri­eties. To make sure your rose is healthy and cov­ered in flow­ers, it’s es­sen­tial to choose the right type and the right size of pot.

Tiny trea­sures

The ob­vi­ous choice of rose for con­tainer grow­ing is the pa­tio or minia­ture types, which have been specif­i­cally bred for grow­ing in pots and have shal­lower roots and com­pact growth. Min­i­mum pot size: 30cm x 30cm

Mid-size mar­vels

Ground­cover roses and shorter climb­ing roses, which have been bred for grow­ing on a pa­tio, are big­ger than the minia­ture types, but still com­pact enough to be happy in a con­tainer. Min­i­mum pot size: 45cm x 45cm

Large and lovely

If you want to grow bush, shrub or climb­ing and ram­bling roses, you will need a large con­tainer, as th­ese are vig­or­ous plants. This is a much big­ger in­vest­ment in terms of pot and com­post, but it’s vi­tal if you want your rose to thrive for years to come. Min­i­mum pot size: 60cm x 60cm

Va­ri­eties to try: ‘Rasp­berry Royale’ (pic­tured) ‘Stars ‘n’ Stripes’ ‘Anna Ford’ ‘Sweet Dream’ Va­ri­eties to try: ‘Flower Car­pet Coral’ (pic­tured) ‘Suf­folk’ ‘Nice Day’ ‘Robin Red­breast’ Fe­bru­ary 2018

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