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Is Rich Soil Necessary? Apparently Not

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The books all say that roses like very fertile soil, regular watering, and fertilizing.

My roses are getting none of that, yet are thriving in my sandy soil in a way that they never did in the beautiful loam of my previous garden.

I’m wondering if the key to success isn’t A. No Japanese beetles.  We just don’t have them in the city.

And B., slightly warmer winters that allow big canes to survive.

Posted by on June 6, 2008 at 10:01 am, in the category Real Gardens.
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15 responses to “Is Rich Soil Necessary? Apparently Not”

  1. susan harris says:

    Lovely! Which one is that?

  2. Commonweeder says:

    I can’t believe your roses are already in glorious bloom. They are beautiful. As for the less than ideal conditions, it just goes to show we should always try a plant we love There are many mysteries in the garden.

  3. Carolyn says:

    Michele, beautiful. We must know what the name of the rose, or else some of us will have to gouge our eyes out so as to stop looking at this rose porn (pant, pant).

  4. Carolyn says:

    Michele, beautiful. We must know what the name of the rose, or else some of us will have to gouge our eyes out so as to stop looking at this rose porn (pant, pant).

  5. suzq says:

    Our neighborhood plant goddess grows roses in part sun.

    Perhaps those roses aren’t as touchy as we’ve been led to believe.

  6. greg draiss says:

    Here we go again………sandy soil can be fertile soil. It is not the richness that roses need but DRAINAGE. Heavy clay soil is rich and fertile it just drains poorly. More posts from the holier than thou crowd on how her plants are superior to the what the textbooks say plants need.
    So why not do your homework before saying how much better your garden is even though it goes against the norms.
    Also hybrid teas are the worst roses to grow due to hybridization.
    Climbers, shrubs, grandi and multifloras are very easy to grow.

  7. Bigs says:

    Wow, susq. You’re quite nasty and terrible and smelly! Chill the S out!

  8. Carolyn says:

    To note, it was not susq but the poster prior to her who was having a cranky moment.

  9. Jen says:

    Wow, they look beautiful! The only thing I don’t like about roses…the earwigs. *shudder*

  10. My what a cranky troll you are Greg. I see from your Blogger “About Me” page you are female and your favorite book is the Bible. Please go read your Bible.

  11. I also see “Greg is lawn and garden buyer for Adams Fairacre Farms.” Do you think your employer would appreciate your attempts at PR?

  12. Carolyn says:

    Thank you, Christopher. You are a gentleman. Much appreciated at moments like this. Hugs to you.

  13. eliz says:

    Roses. Who knows? I agree with you that you may have less pestage in the city, but I don’t get how you have blooms before me. My Louise Odier, a very early rose, is just getting ready to pop.

  14. Michele Owens says:

    This one is “Climbing American Beauty.”

    And the textbooks did used to recommend clay for roses.

  15. Gail says:

    Michele,

    The roses are indeed lovely and how wonderful that they thrive in your garden conditions…I don’t seem to have a buffet that attracts japanese beetles but now that the Fairy Queen Rose is so happy, who knows!

    I want to commend you on your decent behavior…goodness, I feel slimed and it wasn’t directed at me.

    Gail

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