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Roses in Garden Containers


Let's say you have limited growing space.  Maybe you live in an apartment or condo and you have always wanted to grow beautiful smelling roses. You have never had the yard or garden area to grow them and wish you could.  Well, potted rose bushes are easy to do and once and for all you will have your mini sweet smelling rose garden.


Roses are very diverse with many varieties.  Many of them can withstand cold temps as well and warmer temps.  When purchasing your rose bushes to pot read the tags or talk with the local nursery to find the ones that are best for you area.  A favorite for potting is miniature roses.  They are easy to grow and are perfect for small rectangle garden planters on a terrace or balcony.  They usually don't grow more than 18" high so they will work everywhere.

If you tend to lean toward the exotic, they are hybrid teas that pot up nicely.  They have long, straight, sturdy stems and look lovely when planted in a colorful garden planter or pot. These rose are popular because of their large blooms.  If you prefer a more bushy rose bush then we recommend Patio roses.  They are compact and really like to be potted in your garden container.


When selecting a garden container try to go a bit bigger than you thought.  Some roses need deep planters because they have a hardy root system.  The mini varieties not so much.  When selecting the container make sure there is some room to grow so that you don't have to re-pot in one season.  Make sure it has a drain hole.  You do not want these roots to sit in water.  If they do they will rot.  You need well draining potting soil specifically for roses if you can find it.  If you buy the rose bare root, pre-soak them for a couple of hours in a bucket of water to loosen them up and make them adaptable.


See how easy that is!  Now you can select some beautiful garden containers and planters in colors and styles that you adore. Fill them with the type or roses you desire and create that rose garden you have always wanted.  

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Post Last Updated: 7/3/2017 11:26:22 AM 

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Add organic matter, such as composted manure or chopped leaves, to help the soil retain moisture and improve drainage & fertility.  Look for roses at your local nursery or buy online.


When designing a plan for your garden.  Don't forget to plant in garden planters - not just in the ground.  This gives you portability and makes moving the plants into direct sunlight a breeze.  It also provides another opportunity to decorate and add to your charms landscape - while using beautiful pieces of pottery.  Large colorful ceramic pots are a added bonus and if you color coordinate with the roses you select, the finished product can be stunning!


Blueberries are easy to grow and now is the perfect time of year to add them to your yard or garden planter.  For the most fruit, plant at least two different selections.  Blueberries prefer slightly moist, well-drained, acid soil in a sunny spot.  Mulch these plants also.


Amend this soil now in areas where you plan to plant veggies, herbs or flowers this spring.  Work the soil when the ground is dry.  Add organic matter to improve fertility and drainage.  Include sulfur, lime, or any needed nutrients as indicated by a soil test.  Good hand tools will make this job easier.

February is a great time to prune ever blooming roses whether potted or in the ground.  Begin by removing dead and weak canes.  Then cut healthy ones to a height of 24".  This encourages vigorous new growth.  Climbing roses should be pruned after they flower.  Twist existing canes around supports, along fences, and across arbors so that part of the cane is horizontal to coax blooms.


This month is a time of hope.  You dream and plan for what is to come in your yard and garden area now.  Make preparations when the time is right and the payoff will be huge.

Post Last Updated: 1/9/2017 4:30:39 PM 

Pot Bare Root Trees NOW!

Now is the time to shop for and plant bare-root roses, fruit trees, cane berries and grapes.  Soak the roots in a bucket of water before planting.  Make sure the pots under eaves are receiving enough water.  Even in rainy weather, they may get too dry.  If frost is in the forecast, water sensitive plants the afternoon before.  Well-hydrated roots can help stave off frost burn.


Most fruit trees can be planted in garden pots.  The one exception is cherries, since even dwarf types can reach 10 feet in large containers.  Of course when choosing containers bigger is better.  Start with a pots that's at least 18 inches deep and wide, and has drain holes, then fill it with quality potting mix.  This gives the root's lots of room to get a healthy start with.


The best material used is terra-cotta because it is meant to breathe and helps keep the root system healthy.  However, terracotta is also meant to break down over time.  It will absorb the water in the soil and over a few years the chemicals in the water will eat away at the clay, causing it to eventually rot away.  Most containers will work as long as they have a drain hole, so look at using colorful ceramic pots, decorative poly resin, or concrete.


Dwarf trees are great because they remain fairly small and manageable. They are easy to pot and can be placed next to a kitchen door or on a patio area.  If your tree gets to large, you can always plant it in your yard.


Tips:  Soak roots in water for at least 4 hrs before planting.
Plants that get full sun, good air circulation, and regular water and organic fertilizer are least prone to insects and diseases, making pest control easier.

Good sanitation also helps.  Harvest fruit as soon as it matures, and keep the ground around the pot clean of leaves and fruit which attracts pests.  If birds are a problem, cover the fruit tree with netting.  It helps.

Post Last Updated: 1/10/2017 12:33:33 PM 

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