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Roses: how deep do rose roots normally grow?

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trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 16, 2006
10:47 PM

Post #3004850

and do they go deeper than wide or wider than deep or is it about even? i realize it will depend on the size of the rose in question, so lets just say that it's for a big rose, a hybrid musk or a large shrub rose.
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

December 17, 2006
7:38 AM

Post #3005702

It's hard for me to answer that question definitively, Debi, because the gophers nibble on the roots of mine so much that I really don't know how big they might get if they were left alone, but when I've moved roses, I've sometimes had to dig down as far as a foot and a half, and about a foot and a half away from the trunk in all directions. Any roots sticking out or down farther than that get chopped off by my shovel. I don't think that's a bad thing. I know Kell grows some roses in pots and she actually pulls them out regularly and prunes the roots back to a manageable length when she prunes the bushes.

trackinsand

trackinsand
mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

December 17, 2006
1:21 PM

Post #3005983

zuzu, you were reading my mind on this one and you knew exactly where i was headed with this question. lol i'll be ok, then, with the very large pots i have in mind for my container project. thanks!
brigidlily
Lumberton, TX
(Zone 8b)

December 19, 2006
2:06 PM

Post #3010957

Zuzu, I've read about root-pruning trees -- would it be a good idea for roses, too? It's supposed to keep trees healthy, like branch-pruning does.

tracks, I had great luck with roses in huge pots back in the townhouse. I did have to water them daily and feed them weekly. But I don't really look on that as a chore!
Zuzu
Sebastopol, CA
(Zone 9a)

December 19, 2006
2:31 PM

Post #3011011

Brigidlily, I've never root-pruned a rose, but Kell does it regularly, and if you've ever seen the photos she takes of her roses, you'd have to agree it must be a good idea.
brigidlily
Lumberton, TX
(Zone 8b)

December 19, 2006
2:39 PM

Post #3011038

Nuff said!

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