Grow Roses in Containers

Roses in ContainersYou don’t have to have a yard, ideal soil, or perfect drainage to raise roses. All you need is a sunny location and enough room for a large container. Transform a deck, terrace, patio, or balcony into a fragrant retreat with pots glowing with color. Container grown roses live happily for years when given what they need. Just follow these steps:

  1. Choose the right rose. Fragrant, compact, disease-resistant varieties with continual bloom perform best. Avoid climbers or large shrub roses.
  2. Pick the right pot. Anything with a drainage hole will work. (1/2 barrels are a great choice).
  3. Use quality potting mix and enrich with compost to increase water holding capacity.
  4. Water regularly so that soil is moist, but not wet.
  5. Feed often for more blooms. First in spring, once new growth unfurls, and then after each flush of blooms – about every 4 to 6 weeks. In colder zones, stop fertilizing 8 weeks prior to the first frost.
  6. Prune as normal to deadhead, shape, and control insects and disease.
  7. Re-pot every two to three years to refresh the soil.
  8. Root prune if you’re trying to keep the plant small.
  9. Transplant into a larger container if you notice a decrease in blooms.

Get a Move On

Place your potted rose on a wheeled platform for extra convenience and increased display opportunities. This also makes winter protection easier: Simply wheel the container into a garage, shed, or against the side of a building during cold snaps. For extra protection, mulch and wrap with burlap.

Pick Your Pot

There are really only two steadfast rules when selecting a container:

  1. Bigger is better. Opt for a container that is suitable for your rose type (see below). Because roses are deep rooted, tall pots are always better than short, squatty ones. TIP: The bigger the pot, the less you’ll have to water.
  2. Drainage holes are a must. Good drainage is key. If your ceramic or terra cotta pot is hole-free, create one by drilling a hole in the bottom of the pot with a masonry bit. Plastic and fiberglass pots often have plugs that can be removed prior to planting.

Popular choices include:

  • Wood:  Versatile, but may deteriorate over time.
  • Terra Cotta:  Porous, offering good air circulation, but dries out fast, especially in wind.
  • Plastic:  Light weight. Good for moving around temporary displays, but can tip over in high wind.
  • Fiberglass:  Decorative and heavier than plastic; lighter than clay
  • Glazed Ceramic or Concrete: Heavy and long lasting. Great for permanent plantings.

 Roses for Container Gardening

Please note that this list does not imply stock availability.  It is intended for your information only.

Miniature Roses (up to 18” tall)
Minimum Container Depth: 10 inches

  • Baby Betsy McCall (lt. pink)
  • Baby Masquerade (red)
  • Cinderella (white)
  • Fireworks (red blend)
  • Galaxy (dark red)
  • Halo Sweetie (coral/salmon)
  • Hoot 'n' Holler (red blend)
  • Lavender Jewel (mauve)
  • Little Emma (med. yellow)
  • Little Linda (light yellow)
  • Millie Walters (orange-pink)
  • Peter Pan (medium red)
  • Rise 'n' Shine (med. yellow)
  • Ruby Ruby (medium red)
  • Secret Recipe (red blend)
  • Sheri Anne (orange-red)
  • Simplex (white)
  • Special Friend (lt. pink)
  • Spice Drop (orange-pink)
  • Spotlight (orange blend)
  • Striped Delight (red blend)
  • Sweet Sue (lt. pink)
  • Tom Thumb (red blend)
  • Y2K (deep yellow)

Miniature/Patio Roses (18" to 24" tall)
Minimum Container Depth: 12"

  • Avon (white)
  • Charmant (med. red/pink)
  • Coffee Bean (red blend)
  • Daddy's Little Girl (pink)
  • Dancing Flame (yellow blend)
  • Fairhope (light yellow)
  • Irresistible (white)
  • Kristin (red blend)
  • My Sunshine (med. yellow)
  • Pretty Jessica (deep pink)
  • Regensberg (pink blend)
  • Rosy Future (deep pink)
  • Scarborough Fair (lt. pink)
  • Stars 'n' Stripes (red blend)
  • Sunny Day (deep yellow)
  • Sweet Caroline (red blend)
  • Queen's London Child (mauve)
  • Top Marks (orange-red)
  • Wing-Ding (medium red)
  • Wonderful News (red)
  • X-Rated (pink blend)

Floribunda / Smaller Shrub Roses (2-3' tall)
Minimum Container Depth: 15"

  • Alfred de Dalmas (lt. pink)
  • Ambridge Rose (apricot)
  • Angel Face (mauve)
  • Carefree Beauty (med. pink)
  • Cécile Brunner (lt. pink)
  • Christopher Marlowe (or-red)
  • Clotilde Soupert (white blend)
  • Country Dancer (deep pink)
  • Cream Abundance (white)
  • Desireé (pink blend)
  • Dove (lt. pink)
  • English Miss (lt. pink)
  • Escapade (mauve/pink blend)
  • Floorshow Roses
  • French Lace (white)
  • Happy Child (med. yellow)
  • Judy Garland (yellow blend)
  • Lady Elsie May (orange-pink)
  • Laura (pink blend)
  • Mary Magdalene (pink blend)
  • Midnight Blue (mauve)
  • Nathalie Nypels (med. pink)
  • Petal Pushers (lt. pink)
  • Prairie Sunrise (apricot)
  • Red Cascade (dark red)
  • Red Fairy (medium red)
  • Remembrance (medium red)
  • Saratoga (white)
  • Sexy Rexy (med. pink)
  • Sister Elizabeth (pink)
  • Sunny Abundance (yellow)
  • Sunrise at Heirloom (or-red)
  • Symphony (light yellow)
  • Tamora (apricot)
  • The Fairy (lt. pink)
  • The Fawn (med. pink)
  • The Poet (deep yellow)
  • The Prince (dark red)
  • The Shepherdess (apricot)
  • The Soham Rose (lt. pink)
  • Tranquility (lt. pink)
  • Unicef (orange blend)

Hybrid Teas / Shrub Roses (3' to 4' tall)
Minimum Container Depth: 18-22"

  • Awareness (deep pink)
  • Baby Love (med. yellow)
  • Ballerina (med. pink)
  • Benjamin Britten (orange-red)
  • Betty Boop (red blend)
  • Blueberry Hill (mauve)
  • Bonica (med. pink)
  • Brandy (apricot)
  • Carefree Delight (pink blend)
  • Cinco de Mayo (red blend)
  • Color Magic (orange blend)
  • Crystalline (white)
  • Dainty Bess (lt. pink)
  • Danny Boy (dark red)
  • Deep Secret (dark red)
  • Elle (pink/orange blend)
  • Fair Bianca (white)
  • Grace (apricot)
  • Julia Child (med. yellow)
  • Kateryna (med. pink)
  • Knockout (red blend)
  • Lady Mitchell (med. red)
  • Louise Clements (orange)
  • Midas Touch (deep yellow)
  • Mister Lincoln (dark red)
  • Molineux (deep yellow)
  • Neptune (mauve)
  • Nicole (white/pink blend)
  • Peace (yellow blend)
  • Perfume Delight (pink)
  • Precious Platinum (med. red)
  • Prospero (dark red)
  • Red Ribbons (dark red)
  • Rose de Rescht (deep pink)
  • Royal Highness (lt. pink)
  • Sophy's Rose (red blend)
  • Tequila Sunrise (red blend)
  • Wife of Bath (pink blend)
  • Wildeve (pink blend)
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Ceramic Pots for Roses
Desiree in a pot
Ceramic Pots for Roses

Peter Pan Rose My Sunshine (Miniature)
Peter Pan Rose Tamora (Shrub Rose, David Austin®)
Peter Pan Rose Perfume Delight (Hybrid Tea)