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A Rose Recommended for South Florida

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A Rose Recommended for South Florida


Pictured: 'Louis Phillipe' heirloom rose sometimes called a ‘cracker rose’.
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Roses can grow and flower here year round. Choose a low maintenance heirloom fragrant shrub rose that is easy to grow called 'Louis Phillipe'.  This rose is pest and disease resistant, requires less water and fertilizer, and can be grown on its own roots. Roses do well planted into a morning sun location, east side of the house where it gets at least 6 hours of sunlight. Before planting amend the entire landscape bed where you plan to plant the rose. Incorporate 2-4 inches of organic matter like compost or peat moss into the soil area and mulch with a layer of pine bark.  Water frequently early in the morning for 6-8 weeks to establish the rose shrub. If you have rose questions contact the Palm Beach County Cooperative Extension Service Master Gardener volunteer hotline at 233-1750 M-F 9-4.