Planting a rose in a pot
Follow our guide to get your container rose off to a good start
CHOOSE A POT
large enough for the type of rose you want to grow (see p66), with plenty of drainage holes in the base. Fill it two thirds with a good quality loambased compost, such as John Innes No3, mixed with a couple of handfuls of garden compost or well-rotted manure.
SPRINKLE MYCORRHIZAL FUNGI
on the roots. Place a bare-root plant on the surface and spread the roots out. With a container rose, remove from its pot and plant at the same depth it was originally.
around the rose with compost making sure the bare-root plant is planted at the same depth as the soil mark on the stem. Press the compost firmly down around the roots and top up with compost if the level is too low.
WATER IN WELL
and then mulch with a 5cm layer of gravel or crushed shells to help retain moisture. Place your rose in a bright spot that gets shade for some of the day so it won’t dry out too quickly and give it space so that air can circulate.
Using slowrelease granules makes feeding roses easy Raising the container off the ground ensures that your rose won’t sit in soggy compost