Roses forum→Raise dirt in pot

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Name: J
Phoenix, AZ
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GrowNRepeat
Jul 24, 2021 11:36 PM CST
Hello, I need to raise the soil in a 40 gallon pot (Don Juan) after a few years it has sunken. I have turned the soil etc but need to raise it about 6 inches up. Should I just go in from the sides and finesse it up from bottom them add more soil. Wondering what some of you would do. The trellis built in/around it won't be in way as it can be persuade/finesse.
Name: J
Phoenix, AZ
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GrowNRepeat
Jul 25, 2021 11:31 AM CST
Any suggestions to raise the plant and dirt level in the pot?
Name: Karen
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plantmanager
Jul 25, 2021 11:55 AM CST
You have the right idea. Be very gentle when you raise the plant. Tuck dirt underneath and press the plant down. Then fill in all around it and press that down. Your plant should thank you quite soon. Don't fertilize until you see it actively growing.
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SusaninSB
Jul 25, 2021 10:23 PM CST
Whoa, a 40 gallon pot is beyond huge! I grow ~200 roses permanently in pots. I specifically choose 15 gallon pots because they need to be pulled up and root pruned and have soil added to the bottoms every 3-5 years. I avoid 20 gallon pots b/c they're just too big for me to manage doing this. if your pots are actually 40 gallons, you need to dig the rose out of the pot and replenish the soil. As Karen said above, be sure to tamp down the new soil well before replacing the rose. This helps with the sinking, although most roses in pots eventually sink due to the decomposition of the potting soil. You might also want to do a little root-pruning while you have it out of the pot. I don't envy your job!
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Sandsock
Jul 29, 2021 12:30 PM CST
Here's an alternative: Could you pull the pot off and cut the bottom off, then you don't have to add more soil, it will root into the ground. A famous garden designer in England does that, Bunny Guinness.

I moved a huge trellis with honeysuckle attached and it worked fine.
Name: J
Phoenix, AZ
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GrowNRepeat
Jul 29, 2021 10:29 PM CST
I'll be adding dirt in a week or two. I have other Juan's but this one will stay in a pot just wondering what other input people had, why I posted. I'm exaggerating on the pot size it's about 30 gal ha(like it matters 30 40 no difference really to me.... it's not 5).

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