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roses on clay vs sand in hot climates and cold climates

ValRose PNW Wa 8a
6 years ago
last modified: 6 years ago

Where I live in North Central Florida, many people feel like growing roses is next to impossible. In the summer we are wet or dry but always hot and humid, highs near 100. . In the winter we are humid also with highs in the 80s and lows around 17 Fahrenheit . Our soil is either a gumbo gray clay, that expands when wet and contracts when dry or it is sand. Neither the clay or the sand has much organic material, the sun bakes it all out.

Just like Straw says our sand tends to be acidic and the clay basic.

I almost all my roses on their own roots. I plant my roses high, higher in clay than sand, maybe a inch or two higher than they were in the pots and then I mulch with organic material 3-4" deep.

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