The Container Garden
How do you grow roses on a balcony or porch? Why, a container garden, of course! Container gardens are ideal for any balcony or porch space. In fact, this type of garden is really the only way to grown roses that are not placed directly into the ground. Aside from the fact that container gardens are convenient, this type of garden is also practical.
The number one reason why container gardens are a good idea is that they are easily transportable. Should you decide to move to a different home, you can easily take your container roses with you. Also, during the harsh winter months you can move your roses indoors in order to keep them safe from winter winds.Once roses have been planted inside of a container, they will only require a bit of attention. Imagine an entire balcony or porch filled with an abundance of roses - nothing could be more striking!
Choosing the Right Container
A container is just a container, right? Not quite. Believe it or not, selecting the wrong kind of container for your rose garden can really impact the growth of your roses. Wooden, plastic, terra cotta, ceramic - all of these materials are ideal for your container garden. But, before you buy any container, take a look at this check list:
- Drainage Holes: all garden containers must have drainage holes! This means that an old barrel or antique milk jug (while eye-appealing) will not work unless you drill holes into the bottom of the vessel (use a drill with a masonry bit for terra cotta or ceramic).
- Size: a good container should be 14 to 16 inches in diameter, and 18 to 20 inches deep. That said, any containers that are larger in size will work wonders - roses love to have lots of room to grow!
- Decorative Containers: do not put a pot with drainage holes inside of a decorate pot that does not have any drainage holes - this is akin to drowning your roses in their own water.
- Height: give your roses a bit of height by placing wooden blocks underneath your container. This way, your roses won't have to sit in a pool of water.
Roses That Enjoy Container Life
Once you have your container picked out, you'll have to start shopping for some roses. There are thousands of rose types that will live quite happily inside of a container. Still, some roses have been known to enjoy container life more than others. Here are some varieties to consider:
- Floribunda: these plants produce more than twenty-five roses per stem! That means that you'll have a full and luxuriant rose bush in no time. Floribundas also come in a number of different colors including red, lavender, pink, yellow, white, and orange. Make sure to check out different varieties of Floribundas such as Evening Star, Amber Queen, and Sexy Rexy.
- Miniatures: these tiny roses look could easily belong in a doll house. Dainty and delicate, miniatures will grow quite contentedly inside or outside. Colors such as white, yellow, and pink are popular and pretty.
- Patio Roses : true to their name, these roses are happiest when placed inside of a container on a patio. Patios only reach two or three feet high, though they are quite stunning to look at with dark green leaves and a blush of colorful flowers. Look for Yellow Jacket, Pink Pollyanna, and Amorette varieties.
Perfect Planting and Positioning
Now that you know all about containers and varieties, how do you make your garden grow? To start, make sure that you select the right kind of soil. Purchase your rose soil from a greenhouse or nursery rather than from a large store. Why?
Greenhouse soil is free of pests, it is ideal for growing roses, and it is filled with proper rose nutrients. Not to mention the fact that building a relationship with your local professional gardener is never a bad idea (you never know when you may need some good advice!).
When placing your newly potted roses on your balcony or patio, make sure to put them in a spot that receives direct morning and noon sunlight -- roses are sun-seeking plants that need to have six to eight hours of sunlight per day! If you find that your roses are leaning towards the sunlight too much, it's time to rotate your container. This way, each side of your rose bush will gain an equal amount of sunshine.
If you follow all of the steps listed in this guide, you'll have a blooming patio in no time - no matter where you're located!