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Roses in pots

Posted: 20/05/2015 at 00:42


Sorry to take so long to get back here.  Thanks so much for your advice.  I mixed 1 third top soil, 1 third John Innes 3 and 1 third multi-p.

However, here's a question.  The wind has been brutal for two weeks with occasional hail but settling now to normal wind and a little sunshine during the day.  I've had to put both pots together for the time-being to get a little shelter - although the garden is really exposed.  Surrounded on all sides by high flats but the wind comes over the roofs and circles around all day from all directions.

The nearest rose in a pot in this photo is 'Lady of Shallot'.  A climber, but I saw some photos and read some websites which have it just growing normally in a pot and not climbing.  I'm planning to do this now.  However, if you look at the photo there is one substantial shoot sticking out horizontally.  Presumably (?) that would be a strong leader if placing it horizontally to climb?  As I'm not going for 'climb' I'm wondering what should I do with this shoot - should I cut it back?  There is no new growth on it - and I can't tell if there ever will be.  I'm not sure if I'm supposed to just leave it as it is.

Also, if I just leave it to grow normally - should I remove those insubstantial miniature trellises the roses came attached to, if I want the rose just to round out?

Sorry to ask such naïve questions - I've never potted roses before and I haven't a clue how to support them, or not support them as they are - and I don't want to do something stupid and ruin them!

Roses in pots

Posted: 01/05/2015 at 12:26

Hi everybody.  I have three new healthy potted when bought David Austin roses.  Fragrant climber Claire Austin.  Short fragrant climber Lady of Shalott.  Bush Munstead Wood.  I want all three in large pots for at least a year before I can put specifically the two climbers in a position to climb something and will also need to plan space for the Munstead Wood. 

It's going to take ages to be able to get a delivery of John Innes 3 compost to put them in the pots with so I'm wondering, having been warned that roses don't like multi-purpose compost, if I can use freshly bought Miracle Gro Peat Free all purpose enriched compost with the supposed smart release feed.  Do you think I could get away with using these for all three roses (large pots) for a year?   Or would that not be wise?

Look forward to advice.  I don't drive and am a full-time carer for two family members, so can't leave the house for long and it's difficult to get supplies other than deliveries - and I'm going to have to wait a long time for deliveries in this area.  I'm perhaps too keen to get them into the pots and might be better waiting for better compost - but wonder if I can risk using the Miracle Gro at all.


Thanks in advance for advice.



Posted: 01/05/2015 at 12:15

Hi Maria and Beaus Mum

My garden is small and relatively sheltered and for the last 4 years I've struggled with 3 Star Jasmine.  One was in a pot and two were in sheltered sunny areas.  Immediately on planting all three the first year there were a few flowers and I assumed the second year would see improvement.   All three were bought from different places and the two planted in the ground were in places where the soil was improved and everything else grew really really well.

Second year there was more foliage on each plant and no flowers.  Buds but never reached flowering.  I didn't over-water, thought it must be the soil.  Moved 2 the third year - no difference.  I ended up having to get rid of all three which was no fun as the foliage mostly grew and grew during the late spring and summers but never reached flowering.  I could have kept them another year or two, but they were taking up good space and I admit I gave up.

I live near the Botanics.  I looked around the local area and other areas on my way out and about and never came across anyone who had luck with a Star Jasmine.  Yet.

There must be an answer Maria - but I haven't found it.  However, as yours has buds, it may be the cold as I was warned about cold snaps.  The other advice I had was to make sure and water well and leave until ground dry and then water well again.

Let me know how you get on.  I'd love to hear of a success in Edinburgh.  There are probably hundreds around growing successfully.  I'd love to know the secret because I would still love to have one.  Coincidentally, I've had the same bad luck with a Jasmine Clotted Cream - but am hoping it might flower well this year.

There is a thread on this forum (I've been absent due to family illnesses for quite some time) where a few people, including myself, had the same problems with Star Jasmine.  It will be in the archives here somewhere.  You might find some information in amongst the posts from those who have success with Star Jasmine.


Plant ID

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 18:06

Lou48 Hi.  There are so many clematis in shades of blue/purple that it's difficult to say what it is.  I'm sure the others on here will attest to that.  Did you manage to take any photos of the blooms at all and the whole plant?  That would be really helpful to folks on here to try and identify it for you and give advice on which type it is and how and when pruning should take place.  I'm sure someone will know it if they could see a photo.

ID for this one

Posted: 14/07/2014 at 00:33

Thanks Edd.  Love those watering cans...really inventive idea.  Are they yours and how does it work?



Posted: 14/07/2014 at 00:23

Lyn good idea on the red tape.  Must do that for all my small stuff.

ID for this one

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 13:14

Oops...but we ARE on the web!

ID for this one

Posted: 13/07/2014 at 13:14

They smell very strongly like lavender.  Extremely strongly.  But - I think the person who gave them to me had also guessed they were curry plant but was not sure.  Sorry Lyn...looks like it is santolina right enough but I wouldn't have known it myself.  This is a great forum for these exchanges.  Such a lot learned and experienced and so much better than spending hours pouring through books or on the web. 


Posted: 13/07/2014 at 13:07

Ah - thanks for this.  I can't get the anvil ones to cut anything though.  Will need to practice or maybe it's harder because they were cheap as chips ones.


Posted: 13/07/2014 at 01:31


Lost my good secateurs.  Phone rang, put them down, rushed into the house, came back out - senior moment, can't find them.

Bought this very cheap set.  First took out the ones on the right without looking closely at them and found of course I couldn't chop as they don't have blades on both sides whilst the other pair do.

This is probably the stupidest question I've ever come up with so far - but what are these for with a blade on one side and plastic on the other?  (I know I'm going to slap myself on the forehead when someone puts me right on this)!


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