The Q&A Archives: Roses

Question: I have been trying to grow roses for yrs, they don't make it. i have dug a hole what can i do to improve the dirt for them to grow

Answer: Roses do best in a location with at least six hours a day of direct sun, in a soil that is well drained and also fairly high in organic matter. Your soil preparation would then include loosening the soil and adding organic matter such as compost, well rotted and aged stable manure and bedding, old rotted leaves, etc. The pH ideally should be roughly 6.0 or between 5.8 and 6.2. Your local county extension should be able to help you with suggestions as to specific varieties that tend to do especially well in your local area. Enjoy your new roses!

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