How to Grow Organic Roses

Overview

Growing roses organically is healthy for the environment because they are grown without chemicals. This also ensures that people and animals will be safe around the flowers. Organic roses receive a certification printed on their labels verifying that they have been grown free of chemical pesticides and herbicides. Use this method to grow the flowers at home to save money by cutting back on store purchased treatments.

Step 1

Plant your roses where they will get at least 8 to 10 hours of sunshine daily and in well-drained soil with a pH of 6.0 to 6.5. Test the soil with a kit before planting the roses. Add 8 oz. of lime per square yard to raise the pH by 1 point. Add about 5 oz. of elemental sulfur for every 10 square feet of soil to lower the pH.

Step 2

Dig a hole that is 2 feet deep and large enough to add compost, organic fertilizer and the potted rose. Add two shovelfuls of organic compost, such as manure, into the hole. This will be approximately 4 inches of compost.

Step 3

Add 2 cups of organic fertilizer into the hole and mix it with the compost.

Step 4

Remove the rose from the pot and place it into the hole. Check that no stems that are buried. Backfill the hole with native soil and enough additional compost to fill the hole level with the ground surrounding it.

Step 5

Give the roses 4 gallons of water per week, preferably from a drip irrigation system.

Step 6

Add 2 to 4 inches of bark or wood chips at the base of the roses to hold in the water and cut down on weeds.

Step 7

Apply organic pesticides at the sign of pests. Follow the directions carefully on the bottle. Application will vary depending on the pesticide.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Potted organic roses
  • Organic fertilizer
  • Organic compost
  • Drip irrigation system
  • Soil pH test
  • Wood chips
  • Organic pesticide

References

  • Easy Garden Care: Organic Roses
  • Planet Natural: Organic Rose Gardening
  • Yankee District: Soil pH
  • Ohio State: Lower Soil pH
Keywords: growing roses, planting roses, organic roses

About this Author

Melanie Hammontree is a member of the Society for Professional Journalists and has been writing since 2004. Works include publications with "Hall County Crime Examiner," "Player's Press" and "The Gainesville Times." Hammontree has a Master of Business and is working on a Master of Journalism from the University of Tennessee.