Keep it healthy

Gardeners' World - - Roses Pots -

Use loam-based com­posts for plants in longterm con­tain­ers. They en­sure the pot won’t dry out too quickly and will hold nu­tri­ents well. Keep on top of wa­ter­ing, check­ing your rose reg­u­larly, par­tic­u­larly in sum­mer. Com­post should be moist but not sat­u­rated. Raise pots up onto bricks or pot feet so that ex­cess wa­ter can drain away eas­ily. Mix a dose of gran­u­lar rose feed into the com­post at plant­ing. Each spring sprin­kle more into the sur­face of the com­post. Feed ev­ery cou­ple of weeks through the sum­mer with a bal­anced liq­uid feed to keep the leaves healthy and pro­mote flow­er­ing. Keep an eye out for aphids, as roses in pots are more vul­ner­a­ble to pest at­tack. Squish them off with your fin­gers. Al­ter­na­tively, there are sprays avail­able. Top-dress your rose ev­ery other year in spring by re­mov­ing the top 5cm of com­post and re­plac­ing it with a fresh layer. Re-pot larger shrub, bush and climb­ing roses ev­ery two to three years into a pot big­ger than the last and filled with fresh com­post.

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