STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES

In the Gardens at Palace of Versailles Louis XIV, grew citrus trees in large pots which were moved indoors for the winter months and then out for spring to be adored.  "If it can be done for orange trees, why not for roses of all sizes? Why not grow all kinds of roses in pots?" And with Valentine's Day passing and seeing such spectacular roses on show, it's trigged a want to be surrounded by flowering roses all year round as no other flower can evoke romance like a rose.

Potted roses are perfect for small spaces, such as an apartment balcony, limited garden area or just for setting on a patio. 

  • Grow roses too tender for your weather.
  • Move roses about to create new colour combos.
  • Separate roses with diseases until recovered.
  • Raise a delicious rose closer to the eyes and nose.

Apart from large climbers, most roses can be grown successfully in containers. The most obvious class of roses suitable for pots is the miniature rose. Miniature roses do best, because of their compact size. Caring for potted roses takes very little effort, with huge rewards of fragrant blooms through spring and summer.

When choosing your container, it is important that it be large enough to provide ample space for the roots; also, have good drainage, nourishing soil and a location with adequate light and air flow.

Your roses will thrive for roughly three years and then will need transplanting. Roses in pots tend to deplete the soil of its nutrients more rapidly than if they were in the ground. Often they can outgrow their containers and need a larger home. In this case one can provide the rose with a container one or two sizes up from the previous one.

Everyone can grow roses, no matter where they live. If you can grow grass, you can grow delightful roses for your own indulgence.