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By Evied

Oxfordshire, United Kingdom Gb

Stopping at my cousin's in Devon and she wants to plant a climbing rose into a small built up soiled area about 4to 5 ft wide and 18"deep but which appears to have a solid floor when I cleared the area. Would this work with a rose? I'm no expert on roses but if they are deep rooted wouldn't that hinder growth? Or is there anyway can be added to the soil to help? Any information would be helpful thanks.



Wouldn't be ideal for me. With only 18 inches it will dry out in summer and the plant would suffer. In my book, you would need to break up the solid floor but it might be there for a reason, i.e. covering underground pipe work.

29 Apr, 2018


I agree with Jimmy, what is the solid base?

29 Apr, 2018


Have a read through the advice on this website.
Is the soil heaped up and retained by a wall or stones? Is it 18" deep by 4'-5' wide over the whole area? does it dry out after a good soaking. If it is not a mud bath it might be drained enough or if it drains too quickly you might need to add compost. If it does drain well enough you could plant in a bottomless pot which will give it room to grow and put roots down in to the soil beneath? You will need to keep it watered to stop it drying out for at least the first year. Do let us know how you get on.

29 Apr, 2018


You might get away with a miniature climbing rose such as 'Warm Welcome'. :)

29 Apr, 2018


Just to say sorry for not saying thanks earlier! Well I did what I could whilst there. Dug in horse manure and planted in John Inner No.3. Afraid it's over to her now she really wanted it planted there so here's hoping. Thanks for advice.

3 May, 2018


Sod's law says it will do well. Which one did she choose?

3 May, 2018

How do I say thanks?

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