new roses - Knowledgebase Question

Toledo, Oh
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Question by jjrgolf
July 9, 2010
My grandmother has amazing results with roses. Her soil is very sandy. Would adding some sand to my very rich wet soil help stimulate the roots of Grandiflora hybrid roses?

Answer from NGA
July 9, 2010
Sand will actually disappear in clay soils so a better approach is to amend the soil with lots of organic matter prior to planting your roses and then water carefully knowing the soil will retain more water than in your grandmother's garden. Spread 4-5 inches of compost, aged manure, or other organic matter over the planting be and work it into the soil to a depth of 10-12 inches. Then level the soil and plant your roses. Best wishes with your new roses.

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