Ground vs Pot Growing
I have never had much success growing things in pots. They have always seemed to require just one iota closer attention than I can manage, and that one iota always seems to be what makes the difference between the plant being able to reach out underground and find what I have denied it....or not.
But last year the gopher crisis reached such a level that I had to dig massive numbers of plants out of the ground and put them into pots while I regrouped. I rerouted drip irrigation to get all the pots, and ....everything made it.
So now I'm slowly putting stuff back into the ground. I'm on my third and fourth 100' rolls of gopher wire being made into baskets (labor that I pay someone else to do), and hoping to keep the gophers from destroying all my work.
BUT ....I know you thought I'd never get to my point. I sometimes read about roses that do better in pots, and I'm wondering what the differences are between pot and ground culture. I always assumed that it was just trickier to provide exactly what a plant would need when it was in a pot and that therefore having it in the ground where it could pick and chose would ultimately give it a better chance at finding the trace nutrients etc., that it craved, but....I have read comments from some people that some roses can only be made to thrive in pots and that makes me wonder.
What does make the difference between in-ground and pot culture?