roses in planter

Growing Roses in planters

Roses are wonderful plants to grow.  They are so fragrant and will flower for months.  This makes roses a wonderful addition to anyone’s garden.  But what happens if you don’t have an outdoor garden?  If you prefer growing indoors or don’t have outdoor space, then the question is: Is growing roses in planters possible?   Yes!  You can know a few important things.

growing roses in planters

Do roses grow well in planters?

If you are looking for a colorful plant to add to your patio, balcony, or even indoors, roses are a great choice to grow in planters.

You will need to:

  • have a sunny location
  • a pot that will give the roots plenty of room
  • use a high nitrogen fertilizer

They are a great choice for growing in planters but before we dive into the specifics, let’s talk about what varieties will work best.

Choosing the right kind of roses for growing in a planter

Small floribundas roses:

roses in planter

These are hybrid cross-developed to be prolific bloomers with beautiful flowers in a large color range.  The roses grow in large sprays of buds, not the classic single rose.

Floribundas roses grow typically 18-24″ tall.

Miniature roses:

growing roses in planters

Miniature roses are true classic roses bred over the years to be small in size.  They come in many colors.  A great choice because they will give you new roses repeatedly over months.

Most miniature roses grow between 10-24″ tall

Micro-mini roses:


Micro roses are very similar to miniature roses.  There is some debate about whether micro roses are just smaller miniature roses.  Whatever side of the fence you are on, micro roses are a good planter rose.

They grow to a typical 18″ tall, with some varieties being only 8″ tall!

I grow miniature roses in my planters.  The size works for me.  They are hardy.  And I love the classic single rose.

How do you care for roses in planters?

Choosing the right planter for growing roses

Roses, like most plants, like to stretch out their roots.  The roots of roses grow deep on as much spread out.  So when growing roses, choose a deep vs. wide planter, and your roses will be happy.

Make sure you have good soil.

Roses are very heavy feeders.  It takes a lot of energy to produce so many flowers.  Start your plants with a very rich soil full of organic matter.

Don’t rely on potting soils with built-in fertilizer.  Roses in planters will need higher nitrogen levels than they will provide.

Well-draining soil and pots with good drain holes are a must!  Since the roots grow deep, they are more susceptible to root rot issues.

How often should I water roses?

You should keep the soil slightly dry.  Most roses will tolerate slightly dry soil better than wet soil.

An important thing to remember about growing roses in planters is that they don’t like wet leave.  So when you water your plants, make sure you water at the base only and avoid splashing the leaves.

Problems with growing roses in planters.

Sometimes your roses will develop problems.  These can be easily fixed.

Black spots on the leaves or yellow leaves

growing roses in planters

A fungus causes this.  The good news is that you can fix the problem by

  • removing the affected leaves
  • make sure that you keep the leaves dry

Give your plant more room for air to circulate.  Add a small fan to the area if more airflow is needed.

Poor drainage

Poor drainage will cause root rot.  Your plant will be droopy, and the leaves will turn yellow.  This can also be a sign of not enough watering.  So if you are watering regularly and your plant shows signs of stress, check how well the planter is draining.  You may need to change containers or put in more drain holes.

Nutrient exhaustion

Roses do need a lot of nitrogen. If your plant seems not to be growing or lacks flowers, then increase the nitrogen.   There are lots of roses specific fertilizers on the market.  Or you can top dress your planters with compost.

Starting new roses from cuttings.

You can start new roses bushes from cuttings. Rose can be started from cutting with ease.  To start a new rose bush, take a cutting from a new, not too woody area.  The cutting should have at least 4 leaves.  Using a rooting compound or even cinnamon to encourage root growth and stop the rot is good.

It would be best if you did not start roses in water.  The stem will rot before it takes root.  It is best to start in a container of a very light potting mixture.  I like to use coco coir

Keep the mixture lightly moist.  It is also helpful to put a loose clear plastic bag tented over the cuttings to keep high humidity.

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