Spring Booster For Pot Roses
- My patio roses have been given some TenderLovingCare to set them up for flowering this summer.
- TLC has involved checking over the pots and how they and the roses over wintered. Luckily there were no disaster or significant problems.
- Pots were on the dry side, no bad thing through winter but now I will up the watering with dilute fertiliser.
- The high growth had been trimmed in late autumn but now I undertook some careful pruning. Old and dead wood was cut out and the center of the rose was opened up to allow in air as they develop.
- I took off the top 3 inches of soil and replaced it with a top dressing of John Innes and compost. I added a few slow release granules to each pot first.
- Last year I covered the top of each pot with an inch of Strulch to suppress weeds and help watering. That worked so well I am repeating this mulch for this year. The old Strulch and top compost has gone on the heap.
Future Care and Boosting Plans
- Black spot can be a problem on susceptable varieties so I will spray with a fungicide. Infected leaves will be taken off and dustbinned.
- I will feed with a rose feed in may and a tomato feed after the first flush of flowers.
- I am potentially over feeding as I hope to get some more cut flowers this year.
- I also plan to buy another plant, or several, they are great value for money.
- My pots are a mishmash but I prefer those that are uniform terracotta pots.
- Even in my glazed pots and two twelve inch square plastic efforts the patio roses produce masses of flowers annually.
- Most pots contain roses over 5 years old and I do not re-pot them.
- My favourite pots are 16 inch high ‘Long Toms’ that make a group of three. This grouping helps a micro-climate and a blowsy display.
- The shortest pot in 9 inches high and I should have selected a miniature rose rather than a fully fledged patio variety. Several miniature roses are in my shallow soiled rockery.