Growing Roses in Flagler County

Flagler County is the perfect climate for growing roses! Many think that growing roses is out of reach for the average gardener, but nothing could be farther from the truth. Growing roses in Florida is easy!

 

Successful rose cultivation can be as simple as picking out a “lower” maintenance rose like an “old garden” rose or a shrub rose. “Higher” maintenance roses like a hybrid tea, grandiflora, or floribunda rose require “dead heading”, fertilization, chemical treatments including fertilization, and watering. You can also pick out your favorite colors and aromas. 

 

Don’t let the “high” maintenance aspect put you off of growing roses. By choosing disease resistant roses and using a combination fertilizer, insect, and disease control granulated product, the “maintenance” is very manageable. We’ve had better luck shopping for roses at a locally owned nursery whose reputation depends on the plants they sell or a mail order company specializing in roses for our region.

 

Roses need at least six hours of full sun and placement in the sun is critical to success. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to find a sunny spot in Flagler County. Because of our sandy soil, it’s impossible to overwater roses, and once established they don’t need too much extra watering as long as we’re not in drought condition. Weekly pruning or dead-heading roses is actually part of the reward of having them as that’s when you harvest your roses. Investing in proper rose gloves and pruning shears is also important.

 

There’s a saying in gardening, “the first year they sleep, the second year they creep, and the third year they leap”. Let us know how your garden grows!

 

For more information on growing roses:

http://solutionsforyourlife.ufl.edu/hot_topics/lawn_and_garden/pruning_roses.shtml

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