Soil for Roses - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by dmayer8
August 23, 1999
What is the best soil to use to grow roses in Manhattan?

Answer from NGA
August 23, 1999
If you are growing the rose in the ground, you will first need to run some basic soil tests and work from there. Your local Extension (566-0673) should be able to help you with the tests and interpreting the results. Your goal is to provide a rich, humusy, moist yet well drained soil with a pH ideally in the 5.8 to 6.2 range. Adding organic matter is almost always a good idea, as is using an organic mulch such as shredded bark which will feed the soil over time as it breaks down. If you are growing the rose in a container, an ordinary potting soil mix is fine but the container should be large; you will need say a half whiskey barrel (or a 12 inch diameter pot for a mini) placed in full sun. In either case, keep the soil moist and fertilize and/or topdress with compost regularly.

If you are beginning with roses you might wish to take a look at a good basic book about them. One I particularly like for its straightforward approach is "Roses for Dummies" by Lance Walheim (ISBN 0-7645-5031-4).

Good luck with your roses!

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