Organic Rose Growing Secret
The best kept secret of organic rose care is that the organic rose garden is no more difficult to maintain than a collection of roses grown using conventional methods.
It may, in fact, be easier. This depends on which rose cultivars you choose to grow.
The key to success with an organic rose garden is to plant only disease resistant roses.
Most gardeners screw up right here.
They go to their local garden center. Their eye lights on a pretty rose flower. They pick up the pot and put it into their cart.
What's wrong with this methodology?
They know nothing about the needs or habits of the rose they've bought. They're playing rose roulette.
Organic roses interplanted with Dusty Miller at the Canada Pavillion at Epcot.
There are thousands of roses in cultivation today. Each plant has it's own "personality" so to speak.
Some grow vigorously and bloom in the dappled shade under tall trees.
Others need a minimum of 8 hours of direct sun lest they die.
Some roses spot up and defoliate every time rain is forecast. There are others on which you will be hard pressed to find a diseased leaf.
How do you find disease resistant roses?
On the Internet.
The best way to shop for roses that are suitable for the growing conditions in your yard is online at websites like the one you are currently looking at.
You can find out how vulnerable a plant is to the various rose diseases and rose pests from the comfort of your living room.
To make things easy for you, I've put a short list of disease resistant roses at the bottom of this page. There are many more, I just don't have space to list them here.
Beyond cultivar selection, rose plant health is determined by:
- The condition of the soil they are planted in.
- The amount of sun they get.
- How much they are fed and watered.
The following articles will instruct you in these areas:
Planting Roses in Your Garden
Organic Rose Food
Watering Your Roses
Organic Pest Control for Roses
Organic Rose Spray
The best organic rose spray to use when growing organic roses. How to implement an organic rose program. When to use organic rose care products and when not to. Which rose diseases and pests can be organically controlled.
Organic Rose Growing in Florida
These organic red roses are growing at the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, FL.
If you are interested in growing organic roses in Florida, you might like to know that Walt Disney World practices organic rose gardening. I know this because my husband worked there for 20 years.
All the gardening at WDW is done organically. If organic rose care didn't work in our hot, humid climate, Disney wouldn't be doing it.
Black spot is the arch nemesis of Florida rose gardeners so planting spot resistant roses is doubly important here.
Florida growers should also pay particular attention to plant spacing. Good air circulation will help the leaves dry quickly after a rain, hindering the spread of disease.
Overhead watering should be avoided.
Disease Resistant Roses
The following is a short list of disease resistant roses suitable for organic rose gardening.