soil additive for roses - Knowledgebase Question

jacksonville, Fl
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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?

Answer from NGA
October 1, 2010
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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