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a Shropshire lad rose   

A versatile rose, closely related to Leander from which it inherits its vigorous, healthy and almost thornless growth. It is a climber suited to growing on a small arch, rose pillar or a wall. Extremely tough, reliable and healthy.
The flowers are a soft peachy-pink and have a slightly cupped rosette formation. There is a deliciously fruity fragrance in the tea rose tradition.

It’s a rambling rose and I bought it bare root. It is in a terracotta pot on the deck behind the house, leaning on a trellis. I like the shape and the scent of these flowers, but the plant grows rather slowly and bears few roses, I haven’t understood what the problem is.

This planting is in the Flowers container garden .

Purchased from David Austin Roses Ltd

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Folia Helper

New Zealand

Hi cristina. This is a beautiful rose. I’m interested to see that you call it a rambler and classify it as a climber. It is actually classified by the “experts” as a shrub rose, although it is a very tall shrub rose. “Botanica’s Roses” states that in hot climates it will reach 2 metres. You wouldn’t have a hot climate there in northern Italy, though, would you? And I see you are equivalent to US hardiness zone 7b, which is cooler than here in the south of New Zealand.

I have been doing some work on tidying up the Folia rose wiki. As it is at present, ‘Climbing Rose’ is included as a rose variety, but of course it is a description rather than a variety, so I’m going to flag it for review, with a recommendation that it be removed from the index of varieties. As you have a rose in this (so-called) “variety”, you may wish to edit your planting so that it is classified as ‘A Shropshire Lad’. It’s your choice, though.

You certainly live in an idyllic part of the world. Your description and photographs of visit to your friend’s home made me quite envious!

Posted on 30 Apr 11 (over 8 years ago)

Thank you, Tomartyr, for having pointed out to me that I’ve classified this rose as a “climber”: it’s a Shropshire lad rose, of course, and I’ve have corrected the variety.
A Shropshire lad rose is sold by David Austin either as a climber (growing 8ft) or as a tall bush (growing 5ft x 5 ft).
I’m glad you appreciate this part of the world, but, it’s an area rather poor and depopulated due to emigration. It would be nice that more people should come and live here!!

Posted on 01 May 11 (over 8 years ago)


Folia Helper

New Zealand

@cristina – I have added your information from David Austin Roses (climber/bush rose) in the wiki for the variety.

Posted on 03 May 11 (over 8 years ago)

Ive found that in general, roses dont like to be grown in pots.
Except for mini roses, growing a rose in a pot slows the growth and significantly reduces the bloom production compared with growing it in the ground.

Posted on 11 Jun 11 (about 8 years ago)

You are right, TangoFlowers, but I can’t put plants in the ground near the house. There is a stone sidewalk all around and, if I want to see something climbing on the walls, I had to plant it in a pot!

Posted on 11 Jun 11 (about 8 years ago)

I see- I would likely have done similarly, then. I always try to have a fragrant rose near my house wherever I live, even if I have to put it in a pot. Grew roses in large pots because of paving all around my home a few years ago, and the roses were not all that productive. They did flower, from time to time.
Above it says u “haven’t understood what the problem is”- thought u might want to know the problem is roses dislike being grown in pots.
If u already knew the problem might be the pot and were only wondering if there was some other factor, then i apologize for misunderstanding u.

There are some other factors which can be changed, other than planting it in the ground, that might help ur rose to bloom more.
Such as repotting into an even bigger pot, using a nutritionally rich potting mix with moisture control crystals.
U could also try repotting into a SIP (Self Irrigating Planter), a planter which has a big reservoir for water at the bottom. And u can also add fertilizer to the reservoir, if needed.

Or maybe, install an automatic drip watering system for the rose, and add liquid plant food to the drip water from time to time.
Just some ideas which i found useful the last time i had to grow roses in pots :)

Posted on 11 Jun 11 (about 8 years ago)

You’re so welcome, TangoFlowers! Thank you for your ideas.

Generally watering the plants is not a problem, here (I live in a rather humid and rainy mountain area). This can’t be the problem. There are other roses growing in containers, and they are doing fine, so probably neither the pot is the problem. And I usually feed the roses with a specific fertilizer. Maybe the problem is the location. This year I have moved the pot in a place where there is more light (have you noticed in a photo how the flowers are all tending towards the light?). But I’m not sure… Anyway, the plant looks better.

Posted on 11 Jun 11 (about 8 years ago)

Another option might be to grow your rose in the ground beside the path and have an arch from there, up and over the path to the house wall.

Posted on 15 Jun 11 (about 8 years ago)

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