Roses in Clay - Knowledgebase Question

Rancho Palos Verdes, Ca
Question by cloudymac200
June 11, 2009
Your material partially addresses the problem but I need more The holes that I plant my roses are plenty big enouth. I used a combination of Cactus Mix, Grow Mulch, and Rose Food. The soil will not dry out and I have lost 4 bushes. Should I use Perlite or Moss?

Answer from NGA
June 11, 2009


If the soil will not dry out, even though you've used all the right amendments, you might consider planting them on a mound (using topsoil) or in raised beds (again using topsoil). A 3-way mix will contain sand, organic matter and garden loam. By planting high you'll encourage good drainage and by using 3-way topsoil, you'll double your chances of keeping the roots of your roses happy and healthy. That would be the easiest and best solution to the problem.

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