|Hybrid tea rose 'Color Magic'|
it is possible to grow even hybrid tea or antique roses here with success. There are rose varieties quite well suited for landscape use here in South Florida such as
'Knockout', 'Mrs. Dudley Cross', and the highly
Growing roses here involves the same basic planting
techniques as growing roses 'up north'. Soil preparation involves digging deeply into the soil, amending the soil with as much organic material as possible, using organic fertilizers where possible, and tending to the fungus problems which will inevitably arise. Roses are worth the effort to care for, producing some of the most memorable flowers in the plant world. Roses have a
mystery and aura about them equaled only by orchids, and like orchids, roses are thought to be difficult, fussy and temperamental. In both cases, most people are mistaken about both groups. Simple tools, basic culture techniques, and persistence are the keys to growing roses. Use your local society resources to help you through the early acclimation to rose growing, and start slowly until you understand the cadence of rose culture.
Start by growing roses in large pots of well-drained soil, and measure your success with a few sturdy plants. Local rose shows can be enchanting, as well as highly seductive. It would be easy to buy a dozen magnificent rose plants, only to have them fail if you don't have the time and skill to grow them. One thing is certain: once you learn the techniques of growing roses, harvest fresh flowers for your table or for friends, and incorporate roses into your garden, you'll be hooked on yet another fascinating plant group.
|'Cracker' landscape rose|
|'Mrs. Dudley Cross' hybrid rose|