I am brand spanking new to growing roses. My soil is clay, and hard in the summer, so would it be better to grow in a pot rather than in the ground, and if so, how big would the pot need to be? Any tips would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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I forgot to answer your query on the pruning and trellis guide. Pruning takes place after the rose flowers at the end of Spring early Summer then a light prune in Winter. Damask are very hardy roses and I do not believe they need a trellis and are better growing freely. I doubt the wind will bother them.
What is the recommended pot size for damask roses (or is it better planted in the ground)? Also, is there a pruning/trellis guide for these types of roses? I live in a windy area.
Yes I agree, the pot needs to be the correct size for the type of rose you are planting.
Hi @webbyslave . Yes I agree with Jan's info. Can I also add I grow lots of roses in pots, and they do very well. I use liquid fertiliser in the pots rather than granular, as granular fertiliser will build up a salt component in your pots. If you are growing a rose that doesn't grow too big you don't need too big a pot, but in general I would advise a fairly large pot if you are not sure how large the rose is going to grow. In China for instance, they grow all their roses in small pots.This image shows the pots in my garden, and as you can see I like to grow the roses in fairly large pots. Experiment a bit, and see what works for you.
Hi @webbyslave . You can grow in the ground or in pots, but if you grow in the clay soil you will need to add clay-breaker and lots of organic matter. Clay is good because it retains the water and is very nutrient rich, but yes it does get hard in the summer, so as long as you have added the clay-breaker and the organic matter your roses should grow well. In my garden it is sandy, and I have to add clay to it. The most important thing for roses is water. I hope this helps.