Wait for your swoons, this one is going to hit you in your sweet spot. Today I’m talking about How to grow roses in Miami and showing off my Miami Rose Garden. Not only that, but I’ll also talk about growing the fabulous David Austin Roses in Miami. Let me just say…YES YOU CAN!
First I want to show off my favorite roses from Home Depot. These are called Chicago Peach and they are huge and vibrant show stoppers. If you follow me on Instagram (PersianKittyKat) I’ve posted photos of these beauties by my hand and they are so much bigger than my hands! These make great cut roses.
See what I mean? Don’t they look fabulous on my table?
Then I have these cute little roses. They grow with NO PROBLEMS in Miami. I hardly pay much attention to them and they are always packed with flowers. Yay!
Here is an old rose I’ve had since I was a kid, also from Home Depot. No idea what it’s called, but it’s been alive both in ground or in a pot for most of my life with little attention. It was attacked for a while, but nothing a little trimming couldn’t fix.
David Austin Roses – Growing Garden Roses in Miami
I’ve got a few more roses from Home Depot and some from my favorite local plan nursery. But if you’re a rose lover, like myself, you want to see the David Austin Roses! These beautiful petal packed garden roses are the stuff of dreams and fairytales. Every bride wanting roses truly would rather garden roses to traditional roses. As they should, they are AWESOME. These magical creatures have made it to the United States and are available to order online.
Here are some pictures to swoon your eyes out. Then I’ll tell you everything you need to know about growing these babies in your Miami garden.
So you probably noticed how awesome the petals are compared to regular roses. Garden roses come in more styles and most have much higher petal counts than traditional roses. I love the cupped shaped garden roses like the Juliet variety. Now if you venture back in my Instagram feed I have the names of these roses. But new varieties are constantly being created, so just go to the David Austin Roses website and request a cataloge and see what’s best for your area.
Tips for Growing David Austin Garden Roses or any Roses in Miami
When you order then from the website I highly suggest getting their brand of rose food and if nothing else you MUST get their Mycorrhizal Fungi.
What the heck is Mycorrhizal Fungi, you ask? It’s black magic that helps your roses deal with the stress of travel and being transplanted. It helps them grow better and stronger roots, makes them more resistant to stress, and check out this link here for more details. Just take my word for it, huge difference and for the money you are throwing into these beauties you want to give them every chance in the world of success.
Your roses will be bare rooted when they are shipped to you in a moist large plastic bag. IMMEDIATELY get some huge plastic bins, like storage bins from Walmart or something. Pure cool water into them and make sure you cover the entire roots with water. Let them sit over night max and plant asap! You don’t want to let them die. Plant them right away or they will! Track your shipment and make sure you’ll be home to take care of them.
Use lots of manure and a little bit of garden soil. Mix that with the rose food. Use the Mycorrhizal Fungi, by wetting the roots and stick it to them. Make holes twice as wide and deep as the roots and 18 inches or so apart from each other.
Water them immediately after planting, a LOT for the first few weeks, in growing seasons, and when they look sad (even slightly droopy). Mulch a lot, keeping at least 2 inches.
After a while you’ll notice happy leaves sprouting!!! Like below.
The site will only ship during the best growing season for your area, so trust them on that. I do warn you not to order before your growing season, as they can forget to ship your order or whatever. It’s a small company, so order when you need to plant them.
Now let’s talk about after the season is over and your roses start to look crappy. Miami actually is so hot roses will go into a type of dormancy in the very hot summer months. Less leaves and flowers. Keep that in mind. We don’t have a winter, but we do have times of the year your plants will not look as nice. That’s totally OK!
Just keep them watered and when the temperature becomes favorable again, they will come back.
As far as keeping them healthy, I eat a lot of bananas. Roses love potassium and I give them the peels of the bananas (inside faced DOWN). Move the mulch over a bit, put them inside of the peel faced down in the dirt, then recover with mulch. If the baby throws her banana on the floor I’ll also bury it in the dirt by the roses.
I sprinkle Organic Bone Meal around my roses every month or so. Keep up with rose food depending on what your package says! If you don’t go with the David Austin one, this is an Organic Rose Food I also use with much success.
Avoiding mold and black spots in Miami, is HARD! Rainy seasons will drive you mad. All you can do is your best and what I do is NEVER water the leaves. Nope! I have the little button pressed on my hose to keep it on, while on full mode, and sit it right to the ground with the least amount of splashing. I let it saturate the ground underneath each rose one-by-one. The button keeps it on, so I can walk away. I count up to 60 seconds in my head for newly planted roses and up to 45 seconds for a regular day in growing season. Obviously not so much if at all during rainy days and rainy season.
I only use poison on my non-David Austin Roses when they have an invasion of bugs. And I only use organic non toxic like THIS or THIS. If you see some spiders around leave them to get the bugs for you. The other option is to manually rub the bugs off with a moist sponge gently. Do this early so the leaves has time to dry. For other plants I may put the hose on full blast and blast off the bugs section by section, but not a good idea for a rose.
How to Trim your Roses
Trimming your roses is VERY important!!! It’s the secret to beautiful roses that come back year after year. First, I want you to remember what your roses looked like when they came to you bare root. This is a totally appropriate amount of trimming to do at the end of summer, just before growing season in Miami starts.
Other than the big yearly trimming, trim constantly after blooms die. this is called dead-heading. You want to trim down to the healthiest set of 5 leaves or more on the steam. More if it just looks bad for a little ways down. When leaves begin to look funny or smaller, TRIM. If all else fails, trim.
I was scared to trim so much, but once my roses started to look ugly I finally got the nerve to do it and boy they came back with nice shiny big leaves again! So you can do this. You are not looking for a huge plant, just a happy and healthy one.
Even more details on trimming and pruning your roses may be found HERE.
So get to the comments and let me know what you think about my Rose gardening tips! Do you have any tips for getting beautiful roses? Share with us in the comments!!! If you have a link to your rose garden lemme see that too 😉