Roses and Pines - Knowledgebase Question

seatac, Wa
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Question by marjoriepurn
August 3, 2010
Can roses survive along with pines? We have an area near a skirted pine that gets full sun. We would like to grow roses there, but are worried the soil will be too acidic.

Answer from NGA
August 3, 2010
There's always some controversy about just how acidic the soil might be beneath pine trees and whether it will harm roses. I've never found it to be a problem, but you can invest in a soil testing kit to check the soil in the planting area. Dig down about 12 inches - that's where the roots of your roses will be growing - and take a soil test. If it is 5.8 or above, the roses will be happy in the site. If your soil tests lower than that, you will either want to find another garden spot for your roses or you'll want to plant azaleas or rhododendrons in the spot under the pine trees instead of roses. Hope the soil tests well so you can grow your roses!

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