All About Roses

Did you know that there are over 100 species roses? It’s true! And with all of the different types of roses, there is a lot that goes into the planting, growing and caring for them. At The Family Tree Garden Center, we want to ensure that you have gardening success. Here is our quick guide on planting, growing and caring the plant of love:

Planting + Growing

  • According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, roses prefer a near-neutral pH soil range of 5.5–7.0. A pH of Apricot Candy Hybrid Tea Rose6.5 is just about right for most home gardens (slightly acidic to neutral). We recommend adding soil amendments like Espoma Organic Rose-Tone and Dr. Earth Rose & Flower Fertilizer. They are both excellent for all roses.
  • Roses love sunlight, so plant them in a location where they will receive 5 to 6 hours of full sun per day.
  • Roses can be cut back and moved in either spring or fall, but not in midsummer, as they might suffer and die in the heat. Large rose canes can be cut back by as much as two thirds, and smaller ones to within 6 to 12 inches of the ground.


  • Pests are common when it comes to roses. Good gardening practices such as removing dead leaves and canes will help reduce pests. The Family Tree Garden Center trusts Bonide to assess possible pest situations and to provide viable solutions to your pest problem.

The Family Tree Garden Center takes pride in hand picking the rose selection that we offer. You can view our selection of roses online or visit us today. Plant some love in your garden today!

Want to learn more? Be sure to join us for Tuesday’s at The Tree.

On March 3rd, we will be covering the Secrets of Spectacular Roses with the president of The Greater Gwinnett Rose Society, Henry Everett and on March 7th, Gwinnett County Extension Service Agent, Tim Daly, will be teaching on Pruning Like A Pro. See you there!