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Name: Elizabeth
Rochester NY (Zone 6a)
woolies7
Apr 30, 2018 6:08 AM CST
Hi there,

I purchased two David Austin Crown Princess Margareta rosebushes that I am madly in love with. They bloomed in two large containers on my deck all last season. I know nothing about growing roses. My instinct told me to protect them through the harsh Western N.Y. winter so I moved the containers into my garage where they've been all winter. They look like they survived the winter in a dormant state. We had a warm snap in February and they sprouted some new growth. I've really just ignored them and now wonder what to do! Do I just move them back to deck and start watering? Should I fertilize? Prune? As I said, I'm quite ignorant to growing them but so enjoyed the beautiful blooms all last season. Just researching this topic did not give me answers so I'm hoping someone can address my particular concerns. Thank you:)

Elizabeth
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Apr 30, 2018 6:49 AM CST
Yes. Get em out. A little fertilizer, be good. Water. Wait till they start groing to prune. 👍
Are you going to plant in ground ???
If not. Be sure pots have drain holes.

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Name: Elizabeth
Rochester NY (Zone 6a)
woolies7
Apr 30, 2018 9:58 AM CST
Thank you!

The pots are large, wooden and have drainage holes. Will not be planting in the ground because we have lots of trouble with the deer feasting in the yard. They are used as a privacy screen on the deck. Hoping they can stay in large pots indefinitely.
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
Apr 30, 2018 10:13 AM CST
Rose (Rosa 'Crown Princess Margareta') sure is a beauty!

I only have a few container roses but I live in Florida so I don't have to over-winter them in the garage but I'd think if you are seeing new emerging growth and your weather is warm enough, it's a good idea to move them outside to a sunny location and water them well.
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Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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RoseBlush1
Apr 30, 2018 8:23 PM CST
woolies7 said:Thank you!

The pots are large, wooden and have drainage holes. Will not be planting in the ground because we have lots of trouble with the deer feasting in the yard. They are used as a privacy screen on the deck. Hoping they can stay in large pots indefinitely.


Your roses can be grown in a large container indefinitely, BUT ... Big Grin you will have to give them a root prune and change the soil in the container about every three years.

I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.

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