How to Take Care of a Nagoya Rose


Nagoya rose, a colorful ornamental kale consisting of a deep fuchsia middle surrounded by contrasting dark green foliage, is just the thing to brighten up the landscape when summer blooms have faded. Nagoya rose does not tolerate warm weather and should be planted in autumn. When the temperatures drop below 50 degrees F, the plant's vivid colors will emerge. The colorful foliage of Nagoya rose will remain until the mercury drops to about 10 degrees F. To care for a Nagoya rose, provide regular moisture but do not over-water the plant.

Step 1

Plant Nayoya rose flowering kale in October or November, after the hot days of summer have passed. Choose large, solid plants with bright color.

Step 2

Choose a sunny place where the bright colors of Nagoya rose will stand out. Using a hoe or a shovel, cultivate the soil deeply and mix in 2 to 3 inches of compost or peat moss along with an application of general purpose fertilizer or rose fertilizer. Use granular fertilizer applied according to the label.

Step 3

Dig a hole with a shovel or trowel, and plant the Nagoya rose so that the lower leaves are even with the surface of the soil. Leave 12 to 18 inches between each plant.

Step 4

Water the Nagoya rose immediately after planting. Keep the soil moist, but don't water excessively, as too much moisture can cause the roots to rot.

Things You'll Need

  • Nagoya rose plants
  • Hoe or shovel
  • Compost or peat moss
  • Granular all-purpose or rose fertilizer
  • Trowel


  • University of Wisconsin: Ornamental Cabbage and Kale
  • Ed Hume Seeds: Flowering Kale
  • Cornell University: Kale, Ornamental, Annual Flower
Keywords: ornamental kale, nagoya rose, flowering kale

About this Author

M.H. Dyer is a long-time writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the East-Oregonian Newspaper and See Jane Run magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.