Cherokee Rose – Plant In Pot

Q: Should I plant my new Cherokee rose in a pot in the ground to keep the roots from spreading and taking over? It will grow on an arbor.

A: I remember that the State Botanical Garden in Athens once had a Cherokee rose that engulfed a big arbor but I don’t remember seeing any root sprouts nearby. In other words, this plant is not like bamboo that spreads relentlessly outward 24/7. My bet is if you prevent the canes from touching the ground, where they could reproduce, you could plant it naturally and keep it easily under control.