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Rose in winter

, Dublin Posted On: September 22, 2016

I got this rose bush as a present at the beginning of the Summer, so I don’t know what variety it is. It has been easy to look after so far (I have no experience) and has bloomed twice. I’m wondering what the best thing to do for it is now that the weather is getting colder.

Roses are not happy longterm in a pot, as they are deep-rooting plants and tend to  dry out quickly when the roots fill the pot. But it will be okay fora few years, as long as you water and feed it with something like Miraclegrow.

It is hardy and will get through winter outdoors, although the leaves will fall off. Next year it will grow bigger and you may get some indicatiion from that as to which type of rose it is.


Climbing Roses

, Cork Posted On: January 10, 2012

Would you please give me the names of two repeat flowering climbing roses?


‘Dreaming Spires’ and ‘Teasing Georgia’ are good yellow varieties and two good red climbers are ‘Dublin Bay’ and ‘Sympathie’.


, naas Posted On: March 30, 2011

We live in a very open area and i’m wondering if its possible to grow roses and what types.


Roses like lots of light and sunshine, but they like some shelter too as it warms the air.  Too much shelter can lead to more blackspot disease.

Most kins are very wind-resistant, but the best would be Rosa rugosa and shrub roses such as ‘Nevada’ and ‘Fruhlingsold’ These and others can be grown as individual shrubs, rather than a whole bed of roses, which was the traditional approach.

standard rose tree

, dublin Posted On: November 4, 2010

I bought some standard roses and my question is will i get any growth from the stems?


Standard roses are grafted onto a rootstock stem at about 1,2 metres, you can see the knobbly union of the top and rootstcok, the idea being to have the flowering head raised off the ground to where is can be seen.

Ideally, you don’t want any growth from the stems and if you allow it to develop, it will be growth growth the rootstock not the flowering head of the plant.

Roses suppliers and how to get one named

, drogheda Posted On: September 22, 2010

I would appreciate your advise on rose suppliers in Lenister area – who supply lots of different roses. We would also like to get one named after some one. Do you know of any companies who do this?


Dickson’s Nursery in Newtownards, Co. Down offers the opportunity to name a rose. Most nurseries are wholesale.


, Limerick Posted On: August 4, 2010

I have alot of roses and have come brilliant this year, but for one, it has not come at all no leaves buds size of a pea, I have spraid for blackspot & rust, could this rose be dead, or will it come next year


The change of weather in earluy July affected some rose varieties, especially thos the flower late. It may still flower. But if it fails to do so, year afer year, it might have a virus disease and should be removed.


, Dublin Posted On: July 26, 2010

What’s the difference between ‘rambling roses’and ‘climbing roses?’ Or is there any difference? I am somewhat confused!


In general, rmabling roses flower earlier than climbers, usually on shoots that were formed the previous summer, while climbers generally flower on shoots produced in the current year and this is usually somewhat later.

Climbers generally make a a single stem or two or three shoots form ground level, or near it, wherease ramblers every year or nearly every year produce new stems form ground level or close to it.

Rambers tend to be once-flowering in early to mid summer,and climbers mostly repeat.

Note in general, these apply but there are exceptions and intermediates

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Roses for an exposed location

, Ballymore Eustace Posted On: April 3, 2009

I want to plant roses on a windy exposed site that is west facing. I want the roses to cover a low timber fence. Could you suggest a suitable variety that isn’t too thorny as the kids play in this area as well. Ideally a red flowering climber. Thanks


There are very few thornless roses, but a good one is ‘Zepherine Drouhin’. Most roses will take some exposure and ‘Dublin Bay’ is a very good red, repeat flowering small climber.