Tips for Growing Roses in Arizona

Roses are among the most iconic and beautiful flowers in the world, and they can grow in a variety of environments—including the Sonoran Desert. Though not native to the region, there are many varieties of roses that can be a welcome addition to home gardens and commercial landscapes in Tucson, provided that you know the right growing techniques. Read ahead to get a look at some select tips for growing a rose garden in Arizona.

Select Plants that Have Been Adapted for Heat Resistance

Like any plants you choose for your Arizona landscape, you should be sure that your roses are adapted for heat resistance. There are a variety of rose plants that can handle the harsh heat of the Southwest, so consult your landscaper or a local nursery to make the right choices with your aesthetic preferences in mind.

Plant Your Roses in December or January

In colder climates, you might not plant roses until mid-spring, but Tucsonans might start much sooner, since there aren’t hard freezes to worry about in the valley. You’ll want to plant no later than January, though you could start as early as mid-December.

Ensure That Flowers Have Plenty of Sun

One reason roses are able to fare so well in Arizona is that they need plenty of sun. You should seek to have about 6 hours of sunlight for most rose plants, and climbing roses can benefit from an eastward orientation so that they get the bright light of the morning and early afternoon.

Drain Soil and Provide Airflow

Your soil should be fertile and well-drained, though you will want to keep your plants plenty hydrated as they grow. There should also be adequate air circulation, so give your roses enough space when you plot where to plant them.

For help cultivating your beautiful desert garden, contact Santa Rita Landscaping at (520) 623-0421. We offer commercial and residential landscape design services throughout Southern Arizona, and we can help you create a lush garden that stands up to the heat and dryness of the region.

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