Roses forum→Roses for large ceramic pots?

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Port Angeles, WA
cbinpa
May 16, 2020 9:22 AM CST
I'm sure I can get helpful suggestions here. I just removed 8 old - as in at least 40 years old - hybrid tea roses that have been in a problematic area. Just tired of dealing with black spot, mildew, guests being snagged walking on the sidewalk, etc. (and, yes, I gave them to a young lady who had a better place for them) BUT I truly love having a few roses around, especially for cut flowers during summer. I have two huge ceramic pots in a better location just waiting for some showy roses to be seen from the street, and that I can cut an occasional bloom for indoor arrangements. I have always had hybrid teas; but am wondering if you can advise what type of rose will grow best in the pots, that will also be decent cut flowers? As always, TIA.
Coastal Southern California (Zone 13a)
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jerijen
May 16, 2020 10:42 AM CST
I do have roses in monstrously-large ceramic pots. But, in a spirit of "do as I say, not as I do," I would recommend that you not plant directly in ceramic pots -- unless they're glazed on the inside. (Few are.)

Ceramic (like terra cotta) tends to wick moisture away from rose roots, so extra watering is needed. IF you're set on using ceramic pots (I wouldn't go smaller than 20-G) it would be wisest to go with "pot-in-pot" using a plastic pot set inside the ceramic one.

In any case, what ever you do, consider that smaller roses (plant, not bloom!) are better for this use than larger ones. And at that, you may have to remove the plants from the pot every few years, and root-prune.

This is "Roseville Noisette" -- a found dwarf Noisette. Even so, it's a tad crowded, and I just almost lost one of my two. Think smaller plant, Bigger pot!

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