Roses are beautiful, elegant plants that only require basic care and maintenance to thrive. Some gardeners might argue there are some rose varieties that do better in acid soil than in alkaline soil. While it is true that under the right conditions roses can grow well in acidic soil, they can equally survive and flourish in a wide range of different kinds of soils including alkaline soils.
Roses are not acid-loving plants. Most roses prefer neutral soil, but some can tolerate slightly acidic conditions. The acidity of the soil is measured by the pH scale, which ranges from 0 to 14. A pH of 7 is neutral. A pH less than 7 is considered acidic, and a pH greater than 7 is considered alkaline.
Roses grow best in soils that have a 6.5 to 7 pH level, with a slight preference for more alkaline soils (7-7.5). If you have acidic soil, you can add lime to raise your soil’s pH level. You should never add sulfur or aluminum sulfate because these materials will lower your soil’s pH level instead of raising it.
There are so many different varieties of roses out there and some gardeners may argue some types of roses do better in acid soil.
It’s important to note that there are many different types of roses, and some gardeners may argue that some types of roses do better in acid soil. The best way to determine whether or not your rose will be more acidic is by learning about the variety itself. If you live in a particularly alkaline area, you may find that there are certain varieties that thrive despite these conditions (like ‘Alaska’). In general, it’s safe to say that most roses do better when planted in neutral or acidic soil.
The term acid-loving refers to plants that prefer soil with a pH of less than 7.
The term acid-loving refers to plants that prefer soil with a pH of less than 7. The pH scale measures how acidic or alkaline the soil is and runs from 0 to 14, with 7 being neutral. A reading below 7 indicates an increasing acidity in your soil, while one above 7 indicates increasing alkalinity.
Below is a list of roses that are considered “acid-loving”.
Most plants prefer slightly acidic soil, but only some plants really need it to thrive.
Most plants prefer slightly acidic soil, but only some plants really need it to thrive. This is especially true for container-grown roses, and most acid-loving plants. To find out if your plant is an acid lover, test your soil’s pH level with a kit from your local garden store or hardware store. If the results are between 5.5 and 6.5 (or higher), you’ll want to add something like dolomite lime or wood ash to raise the pH of your soil before planting anything in it.
Roses aren’t acid-loving plants, but they aren’t fussy about their soil either and will be happy in most soils, as long as they are well-drained.
As you may have noticed, roses aren’t acid-loving plants. In fact, they’re happy in most soils and will tolerate alkaline soil as well as acidic soil.
Roses do have a preference for well-drained soil since they don’t like their roots sitting in water or soggy ground. If you have heavy clay soil (which is common in many parts of the U.S.), consider adding perlite or sand to your planting beds to improve drainage and aeration.
The best way to determine whether your roses will thrive on your property is to test the pH of your soil with an inexpensive kit from any garden center or nursery supply store that sells plants. The ideal range for rose growth is 5–6; anything higher indicates an alkaline environment that will be difficult for your roses to adapt too, while anything below 5 indicates an acidity level that can cause chlorosis (yellowing) on leaves and prevent proper nutrient uptake by roots
The reason rose bushes do best in acidic soil is because they naturally want to grow in woodland conditions which has a pH of 5 or lower.
Roses are acid-loving plants. The reason rose bushes do best in acidic soil is because they naturally want to grow in woodland conditions which has a pH of 5 or lower. Acidic soil will help the plant absorb the nutrients it needs to bloom and grow well when compared to alkaline or basic soils that have a higher pH reading between 7 and 8.
Roses can live and thrive in most soils including alkaline, as long as it is well drained.
Most plants have a preference for a slightly acidic soil, but roses are not among them. Roses will grow in most well-drained soils, but they are not fussy about their surroundings and will thrive even in alkaline soil.
To test whether your soil is acidic enough to support roses, mix up some garden lime with water and pour it over the area where you want to plant your rose bush; if the lime runs into your drainage trench within an hour or two (without leaving any residue), then you’ve got good drainage and probably don’t need to add more acidity to your soil by adding sulfur or vinegar. If the lime stays on top of the ground for longer than that time frame, then there’s too much clay in your soil (which makes it difficult for drainage) and it may be better suited to growing other types of flowers instead.
There is no need to limit yourself to growing roses. If you are looking for plants that love acid soil, there are many options available. These include azaleas and blueberries, which grow well in the acidic soil of rose gardens. Other options include tomato plants, potatoes (pan-fried), radishes, and red onions.