Tips for Growing Roses in Containers


Growing roses in containers is a lot like growing them in your garden bed. The same keys to healthy roses apply: sun, great soil, fertilization, ample air circulation and consistent watering.

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Selecting Roses

  • Choose varieties that are more compact and disease resistant
  • Climbing roses and large shrub roses are better suited for the garden bed unless you have room for very large planters and trellises

Why grow roses in containers?

  • Design flexibility
  • Container grown roses are an easy addition to a patio or deck
  • When placed on casters, containers are easy to move

Ease of Access

roses in containers
  • Place container roses by a door or open window to enjoy their fragrance
  • Eliminates the need to bend and stoop in the garden to deadhead spent blooms, remove diseased foliage and keep the soil clear of debris

Watering and Feeding

Growing roses in containers does require a bit more diligence when it comes to watering and fertilizing.

  • Containers dry out more quickly than garden beds
  • The smaller the container the more quickly the soil will become dry
  • Water container roses at last once a day (early morning and evening hours are best)
  • When the soil is dry just under the surface, your roses need more watering

The extra watering container roses require leaches nutrients out of the soil more quickly than in a garden. Container grown roses may need feeding every two weeks or weekly with a diluted solution of fertilizer.


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  • As the roses grow, increase the size of the container, or simply cut back the plant and its roots to maintain a smaller size
  • Refresh potting soil every few years

Winter Protection

  • Where frost and freezing temperatures occur, protect container grown roses in the garden shed or basement
  • If garden space allows, plant the roses, container and all, in the garden and top dress with mulch