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Such a thing as a low maintenance Rose?

Discussion in 'Roses' started by Kevin Cowans, Jun 9, 2018.

  1. Kevin Cowans

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    Hello all

    As some of you will know I am in the process of clearing my back garden and intend on starting again with low maintenance planting due to poor health.

    My Mum who passed in 2011 always loved Roses and I would like to plant some for her when I get to that point which will be next year now.

    Is there such a thing as a low maintenance Rose that is recommended?

    Thanks in advance

    Kevin
     
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      Most roses need a good amount of attention to perform well Kevin. The only roses I'd class as low maintenance are the Rugosa's. They can be planted and pretty much left to themselves. Their height and spread is usually around 6ft/2m but they also multiply by putting up suckers which need to be controlled. I have just planted some in my lawns and will mow off the suckers when they appear.
       
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        Hi @Kevin Cowans my friend I consider all Roses low maintenance ,just pruning once a year usually March ,in a container or the garden,and then just watch them flower for the next 15/20 years you get a lot for your money,what a reward we get for such a little effort:smile:
         
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          I have a patio rose that mr woo sent me. It's in a pot of compost, I water it if it looks dry and feed it with liquid seaweed now and again. It's doing very well and I would consider it low maintenance. I spend more time looking at it than I do caring for it.
           
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            Bless you @luciusmaximus my dear friend I do hope that this emoticon doesn't appear to forward:smile: :wub2:
             
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              Hello all

              Thanks for the replies.

              I will look into my options next year when I am ready to plant.

              Kevin
               
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                The species Roses take very little maintenance. I grow quite a few. None need pruning.None get Blackspot or infested with Greenfly much unlike the few "man made" Roses I grow. Have a look at Fruhlinsgold and Nevada both of which I grow. I also have a cracker of a species Rose with small dusky pink flowers and heady perfume but don't know it's name. The only snag with species roses is that they only flower once, profusely but certainly an alternative if you want zero maintenance in my experience.
                 
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                  Kevin the bare root season starts in October and runs through until early Spring. Roses can be picked up at this time for almost half the price of those potted.
                   
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                    Hello @Sheal

                    Thanks for the information.

                    Unfortunately, I doubt the garden will be ready for planting much before Spring as I have a lot to get done over the next few months and I am going to have to get help in initially.

                    End of July is replacement fencing including gravel boards in the back garden, followed by fencing around the front garden at the end of August, also in August I am getting the overgrown Shrubs removed and the Roots ground out.

                    Probably in late September, early October I will be getting a new Shed as the current one is falling apart, literally.

                    And after all that I will hopefully be getting someone in to clear all the empty beds of weeds, grass etc. and get them ready for planting.

                    At this point hopefully I will be able to handle things myself, with the help of the good people here, of course, but there is a lot to get done before I get to that point.

                    Sorry for the long tome, I did not realise it got so long :)

                    Thanks in advance

                    Kevin
                     
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                      I am in a similar similar position. Very few of my flower beds are ready for planting. I have been buying plants when I see them cheap and potting them up into large pots. I know most roses don't do well in pots but I'm sure a bare root bought in February could survive a couple of months in a big pot.

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                        Good luck with all that needs to be done Kevin. I'm in a similar situation but on a smaller scale than yours. Mine is more of a fight against nature at the moment as I'm surrounded by crofting land. It's a case of retrieving and getting my gardens back under control.
                         
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                          Hi @Jack Sparrow yes I always start my bare root Roses off in large pots ,they will last quite awhile until you want to transplant them when you have the room:smile:
                           
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                            Thanks @Sheal

                            I must say it is daunting what with me not able to do much in the garden myself but I am determined to get there, eventually.

                            Good luck with your situation too.

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                              I say that the whole of my garden is "low maintenance, but that's a bit of a joke. Even if it were entirely paved there would still be a lot to do. I've never found any rose "low maintenance." They need constant watching at this time of the year for aphids and blackspot, then there's pruning, dead-heading. watering and feeding.

                              Nothing "plant and forget" about any plant in my opinion.
                               
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                              It is daunting when you make a start Kevin, but this is gardening so don't push yourself and don't worry about it. It will come together but you must give it time and hang on to your patience.....and your sanity. :)
                               

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