Soil For Roses

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.

How To Find Out The pH-Value For The Soil For Roses

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.

  • Buy a DIY-kit at your garden supply shop or online and follow the instructions. The gadget will give you a rough picture of your soil values. 
  • Have a lab test it: Spent some cents more to be sure about your soil composition and get a much more through test from your county extension office.

You will get exact information about your soil as well as a recommendation about how much and what fertilizer to use.

What To Do To Adjust The pH-Value 

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.

  • pH-value lower than 5.5: Add some agricultural limestone to the soil to increase the pH-value
  • pH-value higher than 7.5: aluminum sulfate or sulfur can be used to lower the pH-value

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.

How to carry out a soil test

To get a complete picture of your soil, take several samples of the location where you want to plant your roses

  • Remove mulch and organic debris from the top of the soil
  • Make sure your shovel, spoons and any other working tools are clean and do not use brass or galvanized tools
  • Take samples from 6 to 8 inches. The soil composition varies with the deep and across the surface of the soil. Therefore several samples should be taken from several spots of the plot.
  • Use clean zip-lock bags and put the samples in it
  • Label the bags to the location of the soil
  • The soil for roses shouldn't be wet when tested. Allow the samples to dry overnight
  • Remove all stones and solids and crumble the sample
  • The sample now is ready for testing, whether by DIY pH-test kit or to sent it to a test lab

Soil Analyzer For 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.

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