soil additive for roses - Knowledgebase Question

jacksonville, Fl
Question by hlubach
October 1, 2010
The roses were planted in a sandy soil and not doing well. Ia there a planting soil that can be added to the top and watered in or do they need to be dug out and be replanted with a potting soil?


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Answer from NGA
October 1, 2010

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As you've discovered, Roses do not grow well in most native Florida soils. The best approach is to dig your roses in December, spread 2 to 4 inches of compost, manure or peat over the entire bed, mix it thoroughly and evenly to a depth of 12 inches and then replant your roses. You'll see a big difference in their performance if you amend the soil.

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