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Glen Burnie, Ma
Question by mymistye
May 9, 2010
I want to plant a rose plant in a barrel/pot but keep outside.But will I have to change sizes as it grows,do I use garden soil or potting soil...Help please,also what are suckers? I wish I could give those dying plants a home I can't stand it when the stores won't reduced price and just let them die,go fig!

Answer from NGA
May 9, 2010


I'm with you - I hate it when I see plants keeling over. I'd love to scoop them up and take them home and help them grow!

Suckers are upright growths that emerge from underground roots. You can usually dig straight down between the parent plant and the sucker and remove the sucker, roots and all, and replant it in a different part of the garden.

You can plant a rose in a large container such as a 5-gallon pot. It can live there for 3-4 years before it outgrows the container. You can repot into a larger container when it is dormant and the rose will barely know it has been moved. Or, you can plant a rosebush in a half whiskey or half wine barrel and it can grow there indefinitely. Use potting soil in the smaller containers. In larger containers such as a half wine barrel, mix half garden soil and half potting soil together to fill the barrel. The garden soil will add weight so your plant doesn't blow over in a windstorm and the potting soil will keep the garden soil loose and help hold moisture for the roots of the plant. Best wishes with your project!

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