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Suitability of sandy soil for carpet rose

Will a carpet rose be happy in sandy well draining soil?

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  • CeresCeres Posts: 1,823

    It will be happier if you can dig in some well rotted manure before planting. Sandy soils can tend to be nutrient poor and dry out quickly so digging in something with a bit of bulk will help the rose. Or you can plant the rose in a large pot which will give you more control over watering and feeding. My stepfather had a garden with sandy, well draining soil and I never saw any roses growing there or indeed in any of the other gardens nearby.

  • Thanks for that.

    Funnily enough the soil seems to keep moisture due to teram under chippings.

    Other things planted have had a decent hole with compost too....and seem to be ok.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 23,753

    IMHO "carpet" roses, never really " carpet" .

    They're low growing, but don't expect them to suppress the weeds underneath.

    Devon.
  • Thank you Hostafan1 image

    I sort of worked that out as they are happy to climb through the pyradid for the clematis with a bit of encouragement.

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