Gardening in the city can be hard, especially when you live in an apartment or in an area where you can’t utilize your yard space how you want to. However, that doesn’t mean you have to let your green thumb wither away to nothing while you occupy that space. Even finicky plants like roses can be raised and taught to thrive in pots with the proper care. Follow these 4 caring tips for roses in containers to get your confined garden underway and beautify any space in no time.
- Be selective with your rose plant. On principle, you’ll want to avoid large bushes or climbers when you’re planting in a container. Fragrant, disease-resistant roses are probably your best if you want your selection to really thrive, and species that have year-round blooms can help make your experience more rewarding (and easier).
- Don’t just go with any old pot. Cheap pots often lack the drainage necessary to properly grow roses of any sorts. Therefore, ensure your pot has an excellent drainage hole – or create one yourself with power tools if one doesn’t always exist.
- Use rich soil during the planting to encourage rooting and growth, and water and feed regularly in the following weeks. You’ll want to keep the soil moist but not completely wet, and feed the plant every 4 to 6 weeks if you want to see more blooms pop up. Stop feeding your plant around 6 weeks before the first fall frost is expected.
- Repot and prune as necessary. Repotting should occur every 2 to 3 years, and if you’ve noticed a decrease in blooms you may need to move up a pot size. If your goal is to keep the plant small, you may need to prune the roots as well as the branches and leaves.
Following these four simple tips can help you grow your own roses in convenient containers, and keep them blooming and growing strong for years.