Rose gardening is a bit more challenging in the Sunshine State due to our scorching summer heat and high humidity. Roses bloom most prolifically in cool weather and rain spreads the
that plague rose plants.
Does this mean that you can't grow roses in Florida?
Not at all.
Although roses enjoy their best health and bloom in drier, cooler states like California or Oregon, there are many types of roses that will not only grow, but thrive in Florida.
like this climbing red mini rose scrambling over a fence at Kanapaha Botanical Gardens in Gainesville can be grown outdoors in Florida.
You can grow roses on their own roots in Florida or you can grow grafted roses.
Most of the old garden roses for Florida are propagated by cuttings and grown on their own roots. China and Tea roses will live for decades on their own roots.
Most of the rootstocks roses are grafted onto throughout the U.S. will be short-lived on Florida soils.
Rosa fortuniana rootstock is the best rootstock for growing roses in Florida.
Dr. Huey rootstock runs a close second.
Rose varieties on fortuniana rootstock will enjoy greater disease resistance and longevity. Grafted roses grown on other rootstocks may only live for a few years in the Sunshine State.
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