How to care for your potted roses - tips and tricks

How to care for your potted roses - tips and tricks

Plant potted roses correctly

Plant your potted rose in a sufficiently large container, about 10 centimeters larger than the root ball. A drainage hole and a drainage layer on the floor ensure good water drainage. So no waterlogging can occur.

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Trim back the roots of your potted rose a little. Mix rose soil with some horn shavings, (€ 6.39 at Amazon *) then fertilize your plants immediately. Put the potted roses so deep in the pot that the grafting point is about five centimeters below the ground.

Water and fertilize potted roses

It is best to water the potted rose daily during flowering, roses are quite thirsty plants. The soil can be a little damp, but not soaked. The warmer the rose is and the more abundantly it blooms, the more water it needs.

If you have mixed horn shavings (€ 6.39 at Amazon *) into the rose soil, this acts like a long-term fertilizer. But even normal potting soil contains so many nutrients that your potted rose does not need any additional fertilizer for a few weeks. Then give her a little rose fertilizer once a week until around July. (€ 11.41 at Amazon *)

Cut potted roses

Your potted roses will be more beautiful. Bloom longer and more abundantly if you regularly remove the dead flowers. Either cut them off once a week or clean your potted roses as part of your daily care. This is especially important in damp weather to prevent rot.

An annual pruning in spring is also recommended, as with all other roses, because they grow quite lush. You can shorten your potted roses to a size of about 10 to 15 centimeters. A hemispherical shape is particularly pleasing. Shoots without flowers, so-called blind shoots, can be shortened to a few leaves at any time.

Your potted roses in winter

Pot roses are at least partially hardy. In severe frost, however, the roots can freeze to death because they are less protected in a pot than in the garden bed. Therefore, you should protect your potted roses from excessive cold. It is best to move the plants to a cool, dark winter area, for example in the basement or a frost-free garage. Now water your potted roses only moderately and do without fertilizer.

The most important care tips in brief:

  • Location light and airy
  • water regularly
  • Avoid waterlogging
  • fertilize weekly from March to around July
  • alternatively use slow release fertilizer
  • if possible, overwinter frost-free, cool and dark


In general, potted roses last longer and better outdoors than indoors. If you can, you should put these plants outside for at least a few weeks during the summer.