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quietone
Apr 8, 2018 10:45 AM CST
Hello,

I'm trying to grow roses for the first time, and since the plants I bought are so small I was wondering if I should plant them in a 1 gallon container or a 5 gallon? Could also tell me if my roses have potential or if its a long shot? The breeds are New Year and Gold Medal Grandiflora, thanks so much for your help.

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Jai_Ganesha
Apr 8, 2018 11:11 AM CST
Hello and welcome!

Roses are a really broad subject because there are varieties for nearly every climate. I don't live in Texas but I've been there and know it's huge with several different gardening zones so I can't really speak to these specific varieties in that specific environment.

However, I can say that in general, most roses can do well in containers. Until last year (when I moved and gave them away) I had 6 varieties growing in 5 or 8 gallon containers. This was in Pennsylvania. The two biggest problems I had were insect predation and the pot drying out in warm weather. If I were going to do it again, I might paint the pots solid white (to deflect sunlight) and/or use bigger pots so they wouldn't dry out as fast. I would also use a lot of mulch.

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This is one of my container roses from last year. It's Sheila's Perfume. I was sad to give it away, but I know the person who has it now will enjoy it.
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plantladylin
Apr 8, 2018 12:57 PM CST
Hi Elijah, Welcome!

I don't know much about Roses but I think many people grow roses as container plants and since Rose (Rosa 'New Year') and Rose (Rosa 'Gold Medal') are only supposed to grow to 4 - 5 feet in height, I'd think they could be managed fine in containers as long as they are located in an area where they will receive the required amount of sunlight.

A couple of months ago, I bought 2 roses from Sams Club, Rose (Rosa 'Kordes' Perfecta') and Rose (Rosa 'Oregold') and planted them both in pots because I couldn't decide where to put them in the yard. They are doing fine and budding out now.

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