Planting and Repotting Roses in Containers

by Jack Wedekind, Master Rosarian

Tip #1

After growing most of my roses in containers for about 10 years, I have finally figured something out. The bare root roses I have planted in containers have become much better bushes than the roses I purchased already in pots and transplanted. I think I know why. When roses are commercially potted for sale, the roots of bare root roses are trimmed so they will fit in the pot. So the rose may not have all the roots it needs to reach its intended potential.

Tip #2

When a rose bush has been grown in a container for as long as 7 to 10 years and it is worth keeping, it’s time to carefully repot it. Keep the root system as intact as possible. You can reuse the container but plant the bush with all new soil mix. This process will reboot the life of the bush.

Nashville Rose Society ARS Honor Medal Winners

The following members of the Nashville Rose Society are recipients of the American Rose Society Honor Medals. Such awards recognize sustained lifetime
achievement by an individual or couple in devoting and focusing their talents and expertise to the promotion of the objectives and mission of the ARS or a District of the ARS.
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The Right Amount of Water For Roses

By Kitty Belendez, Master Rosarian


Roses are NOT drought tolerant plants. They love water. But, how much water is enough? Well, that’s a tough question to answer. It depends on many factors: weather, soil, drainage, age of plant, size of plant, if the rose is grown in a container or in the ground, if mulch or polymers are used, and sometimes even the rose variety to a certain extent.

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February 4, Sunday – Chris VanCleave, “The Redneck Rosarian”

Chris VanCleave, nicknamed “The Redneck Rosarian”, is an active member of the Birmingham chapter of the American Rose Society, serving two terms as President, and is running for vice-president of ARS this year. Chris will be speaking on several subjects, including “Growing Rose Societies with Social Media”, the RoseChat Podcast, and how he grows his own roses in his rose garden in Birmingham, Ala.

In 2007, he created the RoseChat Podcast that has reached over a half a million listeners with news and information on growing roses. He chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening on his website,