potting soil for roses, peat-less?

Discussion in 'Soils, Fertilizers and Composting' started by ericpg, Sep 7, 2009.

  1. ericpg

    ericpg Member

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    North Burnaby
    Re-post, it was on wrong category.

    My Hot Cocoa's cutting(Aug 13) has grown roots. My first one, so I'm happy.
    I guess it's time to prepare the potting soil for the transplant.
    "Stay away from peat moss; it's too acidic,"Field Roebuck's Complete Roses said.
    I am wondering if anyone knows which commercial potting mix is the best for roses, or how I can mix my own?

    Is peat moss really bad for roses? I've seen websites(Pickering, Hortico, Fraser pacific rose society) and stores(GardenWorks, Roan) that recommended to add one third peat moss when planting bare root roses in the garden.
    By the way, I lived in Vancouver BC.
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  2. rollins

    rollins Member

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    Manitoba, Canada
    You can use a professional peat mix that you can usually only find at a green house. The pH has been balanced to around 6.5 which is great for most roses. Do not use the plain peat moss you may find in the garden section of the big box stores. The pH range is between 4 - 5.5 which is too acidic.

    FYI - most potting soils and top soils made by big soil companies are blended with peat moss.

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