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Do Roses Like Acidic Soil?

By Richard Kalinowski
Healthy roses require only moderate soil acidity.
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Rose bushes require nutrient-rich heavy loam soil. The soil should be moist but well-drained. Monitoring soil pH is also important, since roses can only tolerate moderately acidic soil.


Most roses like a pH of about 6.5. Neutral soil is 7.0 and 6.5 is slightly acidic. Roses can survive with a pH as low as 5.0 but they will not be as healthy or vibrant-looking.


Overly acidic soil kills a rose bush. If your leaves are discolored or the flowers begin to wilt, you should check the pH.


Since roses do not like very acidic soil, you may need to decrease acid levels to promote rose health. You can raise soil pH levels using natural lime soil or crushed limestone.


About the Author


Richard Kalinowski began writing professionally in 2006. He also works as a website programmer and graphic designer for several clients. Kalinowski holds a Master of Fine Arts from Goddard College and a Bachelor of Science in education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.