Fertilizing Roses - Knowledgebase Question

Boynton Beach, FL
Question by ELICOHAN
November 23, 1998
What do you use to fertilize roses when planting them in Florida?

Answer from NGA
November 23, 1998


Fertilization should ideally be based on a soil test. Depending on the levels of various nutrients in your rose growing beds the best fertilization recommendations for pre-planting will vary. Your County Extension Office can assist you with having your soil tested. Their number is 407-233-1712.

Start with plenty of compost mixed into the soil. This will benefit the plant in many ways including providing better nutrient holding ability in a sandy soil. And better soil structure and improved aeration in a clay soil.

As a "rule of thumb" you can add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of a complete fertilizer per square yard of bed area. Then when planting the rose bush, mix 1/4 cup of bone meal or super phosphate into the soil in the bottom of the planting hole.

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