The Q&A Archives: Selecting Appropriate Roses For Soil, Climate Type

Question: My previous experience with growing roses has been frustrating and unsuccessful(in addition to requiring much work). I am looking for an easy, minimal care rose for my area. I live on the south shore of Long Island (less than a mile from the water), with sandy soil. Is there a low-maintenance, hardy rose for people such as myself? I love them, however my success rate has been zero. Can you provide any suggestions? Thanks so much!

Answer: Some of the easiest roses to grow are the rugosas, of which there are many named varieties. These roses will tolerate extreme temperatures and even salt spray, so you know they are tough. They are generally pest and disease resistant, require minimal pruning, and actually should not be sprayed because they are sensitive to it. Burpee offers the species, and it is a lovely old fashioned rose. Perhaps you would have better luck with one of those rather than the more finicky hybrid tea roses.

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