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bassetmum Wed 12-Oct-16 09:10:58

Hi. I was bought a rose as a memorial plant for losing my dad back in July. I will attach pictures of the instruction label that came with the plant. It is currently in a large pot (I want to keep it mobile incase we move as I want to be able to take it with me). It is only about 1m tall. It had a number of blooms over the summer and is currently trying to bloom again. What do I need to do with the plant over winter to enable lots of flowers next year too? I am very much a novice gardener. Many thanks

Sosidges Wed 12-Oct-16 10:02:21

The instructions are a bit difficult to read. Are you able to post a picture of the rose? I am sorry for your loss💐

GinAndOnIt Wed 12-Oct-16 10:05:21

Once it's finished this set of flowering, give it a good cut back. I think you are supposed to cut just above a leaf node that is pointing towards the sun.... something like that! Someone will come along to better explain that.

Sosidges Wed 12-Oct-16 10:48:48

Sorry to disagree, but I prune my newer floribundas Roses in February. One reason is that we have quite mild winters and if you prune in October, there is a good chance that it will stimulate new fresh growth which may be susceptible to frost. An older established floribunda can be pruned in Late Autumn and then again in early Sping.

I am certainly not an expert and other may disagree. If you post a photo, we will be able to identify anything that may need cutting out, such as branches rubbing together or anything damaged.

GinAndOnIt Wed 12-Oct-16 13:25:58

That's good advice so - I'm new to gardening and I am finding contradicting advice with lots of things regarding autumn maintenance due to changing temperatures - lots of things that used to be done in September/October are now able to wait until November.

I think Monty Don was talking about it only recently.

There seems to be later frosts in early Spring too, although I may only be noticing how late frosts can be since gardening!

Gatekeeper Wed 12-Oct-16 13:40:02

I prune all my roses in late February and they come back rampant each time. I've also moved loads of roses from one garden to another and they've been absolutely fine so don't worry if you do plant it in open ground rather than a pot

JT05 Wed 12-Oct-16 14:09:49

Sorry for your loss. Growing a rose in a planter is a lovely way to remember someone.
I go with the advice on pruning in February, that's when I do mine that are in pots. In the spring you also can start feeding, to give the rose a boost.

I moved house last year and my pots were over wintered by no gardening friends. The roses were great this year, they seemed to like the neglect! They are quite tough plants.

bassetmum Wed 12-Oct-16 17:04:08

Here is the rose. Thank you for the suggestions so far. It does look a bit weedy bless it

Sosidges Wed 12-Oct-16 17:20:42

For now, just take out the weeds that are growing in the pot. Take off the flowers that have finished. Cut about 2inches below the dead flower head, and take off any leaves that have black spots or white powdery on them.

Next Feb come back and we will talk you through the pruning. I think that the books make pruning sound much more complicated than it is. A friend of mine takes a hedge trimmer to his Roses every year. Slices into them In The most unscientific manner, and they are amazing every year.

Sunbeam18 Wed 12-Oct-16 20:07:26

Marking place!

Sosidges Wed 12-Oct-16 20:24:52

I have just read my post and it should read 'I never prune Until February.'

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