Besides the right location, the soil for roses is an important factor to grow healthy and beautiful plants
Once roses are planted in the garden, they will be tied to the same place for several years. Hence, the importance of the location and the soil is essential for the plants to be comfortable.
The soil not only gives footing it also supplies the plant with water and nutrients.
Roses are deep-rooting plants and sometimes go as deep as 60 inches and more. They favor a humic and sandy-loamy soil with a pH-value between 6.5 and maximum 7.5.
Being serious with rose gardening, it is crucial to know the soil conditions of our garden.
Plants can’t take up nutrients, if your soil isn’t within the suitable range even if there is a high amount of it in the soil.
To find the pH-value and the nutrient content of your soil, it is necessary to test it. Don’t worry, as always I like it the easy-rose-gardening way.
You will get exact information about your soil as well as a recommendation about how much and what fertilizer to use.
The ideal pH-value for roses is 6.5 on the pH-scale, but what to do if the value is above or beneath the ideal value?
If the pH-value is too acidic (lower than 5.5) or too alkaline (above 7.5), the soil has to be adjusted by adding some elements in small amounts.
Apply the additives in small amounts and test the pH a few times before adding any more. Always keep an eye on the values and on the plants whether there is any changing of their natural foliage coloration.
To get a complete picture of your soil, take several samples of the location where you want to plant your roses
The internet is a great source to find several useful gadgets to test the pH-value of your soil and other useful things.
In near future and after I have tested them, I will provide and recommend several products for the use in your garden and especially for your soil.