Planting Roses in South Florida - Knowledgebase Question

Plantation, FL
Question by Hesheyboy
May 25, 1998
1. What "zone" is South Florida? 2. Where to get roses for the climate? 3. How to plant roses in this climate?


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Answer from NGA
May 25, 1998

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The southern 1/4 to 1/3 of Florida is hardiness zone 10, the mid section of the state is zone 9, and the panhandle is zone 8.

Roses can be purchased locally or mailordered from a number of sources. Here are a few that specialize in roses:
Giles Ramblin' Roses; 2968 State Road 710; Okeechobee, FL 34974; 813-763-6611.
Antique Rose Emporium; Rt. 5, Box 143; Brenham, TX 77830; 1-800-441-0002.
Jackson & Perkins Co.; One Rose Lane; Medford, OR 97501-0702; 1-800-872-7673.
The Mini Rose Garden; P.O.Box 203; Cross Hill, SC 29332; 1-800-996-4647.

Roses love a well drained soil with lots of added organic matter. If at all in doubt about the internal soil drainage, build a raised planting bed for your roses. They want to be watered regularly, but not be kept soggy. They insist on full sun and will respond well to regular feeding with a balanced fertilizer.

Container grown roses can be planted any time of year. Bareroot plants are best set in late winter. In your area, January would be a good time for bareroot roses.

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