Pot size for Miniatures

gardenlady76(TX coast/9)July 7, 2012

Last year I became a Mini addict and not knowing anything about them proceeded to plant four of them in 20" pots, they have grown much bigger than I want them to be. This year I bought eight more and planted them in 14" pots. They have grown to the size I want.

My questions are: When can I cut back the bigger roses and transfer them into smaller pots? Do I have to wait until next spring? And is this a good idea or should I leave well enough alone? All of the plants are doing very well and I don't want to do something stupid.

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seil zone 6b MI

You made the usual assumption that "mini rose" means the plant stays small. That is not true. "Mini" only applies to the size of the bloom and the leaf. Miniature rose plants can and will get as large as regular size roses if they are happy. And there are miniature climbers that will grow to 12 feet tall and/or wide.

I would leave well enough alone on the bigger pots. In fact I would suggest you put the new ones in bigger pots. The ones in the 14" pots will need to be root pruned annually to keep them happy in those smaller pots. If not they'll eventually start to fail because they are root bound. If you really want to keep the others smaller, cut them deeper when you deadhead the spent blooms. You can cut them by 1/3 to 1/2 their height at that time without doing damage. However, if you are experiencing this awful heat wave and drought I would suggest waiting until things cool down before doing anything to them. They're probably already stressed and any further shock could do them in.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2012 at 7:19PM
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