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Question: Can you plant minature roses in hanging pots? I tried but they both died.One was doing quite well for about 3 wks. but then it started to die all of a sudden and I'm not sure why.I did not do anything different.Can you help?

Answer: Roses need full sun all day or for at least six hours a day along with evenly moist yet well drained soil. Smaller maturing roses can be grown successfully in containers, yes. (Larger roses can also be grown in containers although the pots must be proportionately larger as well.) However, sometimes a container situation is difficult in that the soil dries out due to the small soil volume, or the roots become overheated due to the lack of soil volume. Or, there may be a drainage problem if the pot does not have working drain holes in the bottom of it or if there is a drainage saucer that is not emptied after watering. Too, some plants will suddenly die if they were rootbound when planted and the roots have not spread out into the new soil or if they do not root into the new soil some other reason. Overfertilizing and accidental chemical exposure can also cause a plant to die. I'm not sure exactly what happened to yours, but I hope this helps you trouble shoot.

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