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How to Plant A Rose in A Pot

Roses are excellent plants for growing in pots. English Roses, with their shrubby, bushy habit are ideal for growing in large pots and containers. Unlike many other potted plants, English Roses will flower in fragrant flushes throughout the Summer and into the Autumn.

You will need:

  • Small blocks of polystrene (for drainage)
  • Gardening Gloves
  • A mix of John Innes No 3 Potting Compost and good quality multi-purpose compost
  • A Compost Scoop
  • Your choice of Terracotta pot (at least 45cm x 45cm)
  • Your choice of David Austin Roses potted rose

Step 1

Start by placing your blocks of polystrene at the bottom of your pot; these will help the rose to drain adequately throughout the season. Next, begin to fill your pot with the mix of John Innes No. 3 Potting compost and multi-purpose compost. As you fill the pot it’s important to use your hand to lightly press the compost so that you don’t get any air pockets. Carry on filling your pot until it is approximately halfway full.

Step 2

At this point it is important to check that your rose will fit nicely into the pot. Place your potted rose into the pot and note the difference in height between the rim of the pot and the union of your rose. Ideally we’d like to see the union sitting a couple of inches below the rim of the pot.

Step 3

Next we will remove the rose from its pot, ensuring we are wearing gardening gloves. Steve recommends tapping the sides of the pot which should ease the rose gently out, leaving the root structure undisturbed. Place your rose into the centre of the pot and continue to fill with your compost mix, firming the soil as you go. Finally, give your newly planted rose a thorough watering, allowing moisture to penetrate the soil and roots.

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