Potted Rose Plant Care


According to Washington State University, there are over 150 species of roses around the world. In addition to their many species, roses come in an assortment of colors. Homeowners can enjoy the beauty and pleasant aroma that comes from roses by planting them in pots. The pots are easy to transport outdoors in the summer, and indoors in the winter. Potted roses may require a little more attention, but they are well worth it.

Step 1

Choose a sturdy 2-gallon pot to plant your roses in.

Step 2

Add potting soil to the pot until you are 1-inch from the rim of the pot.

Step 3

Dig a hole in the middle of the pot that is 3 to 4 inches higher than the rose root ball. Then set your root ball down in the hole. Be careful not to damage the roots.

Step 4

Cover the hole back up with potting soil and pat it down to get rid of any air bubbles.

Step 5

Water the rose so that the soil is moist. As the rose grows you can follow Rose File's watering guide, which is based on temperature. Water your potted roses once per day in 100-degree Fahrenheit weather. Water them every one to two days in 90 F weather, and every other day in 80 F temperatures. If it is 70 F, you can water your potted rose every three days. If the temperatures cool down to 60 F then you will only need to water your potted rose every four days. Finally, temperatures below 50 F indicate that you only need to water your roses once per week.

Step 6

Fertilize the rose once every six months after the first rosebud appears. Washington State University recommends an 8-12-4 fertilizer for potted roses.

Step 7

Mulch around the base of the rose plant when the weather drops below 50 F. This will keep the roots warm.

Step 8

Keep an eye out for aphids. Not many other pests bother roses. To kill aphids you can either pick them off and drop them in a bucket of soapy water, or spray the roses with soapy water.

Tips and Warnings

  • Once your rose begins to grow, you will want to wear gloves to protect you from the thorns.

Things You'll Need

  • Pot
  • Potting soil
  • Garden shovel
  • Rose root ball
  • Fertilizer
  • Mulch
  • Soapy dish water


  • Rose File: Roses in Pots
  • Washington State University: Rose Culture
Keywords: potted rose care, caring for roses, fertilizing roses

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