Zone 9 Rose Care: Guide To Growing Roses In Zone 9 Gardens

Zone 9 Rose Care: Guide To Growing Roses In Zone 9 Gardens

Gardeners in zone 9 are lucky. In most places, roses will bloom only during two or three seasons of the year. But in zone 9, roses can bloom year round. And the flowers may actually be larger and more intensely colored during the zone 9 winter. However, you do need to consider your soil type, humidity, and whether you get salt spray from the ocean in coastal regions.

Choosing Rose Bushes for Zone 9

When planning your rose garden, first choose a rose type that fits your lifestyle. Old garden roses are among the easiest to grow, but most only bloom once per year. By contrast, hybrid tea roses and other formal roses require more maintenance. They need proper pruning and fertilization, and they are prone to fungal diseases like black spot, Cercospora leaf spot, and powdery mildew, so you’ll need to spray with fungicides to keep them looking their best.

Cultivars “Mrs. B.R. Cant” and “Louis Phillippe” are great low-maintenance zone 9 roses. Knock Out® roses are another very reliable option that tolerates the heat of a zone 9 summer. They combine the ease of care of old garden roses with the long bloom period of more modern roses.

There are many formal rose bushes for zone 9. Margaret Merril® Rose, a white floribunda, is very fragrant and blooms year-round in warm to hot climates.

Climbing Romantica® rose “Red Eden” and “Madame Alfred Carriere” grow well in dry parts of zone 9 with intense summer heat. Many other options are available, so check at a local garden store for more ideas.

Growing Roses in Zone 9

In zone 9, rose care involves proper site selection and maintenance. Roses need at least 6 hours of sun every day, and they require well-drained soil with a significant amount of organic matter to be healthy. Amend the soil with compost, peat, or well-rotted manure to increase the level of organic matter. This is especially important if you have sandy soil or live in a dry climate. Plant roses in raised beds if your soil is poorly drained.

To keep formal roses healthy, water them weekly, deadhead to remove all spent flowers, and spray with fungicides as recommended for the variety. Formal roses in zone 9 should be fertilized once a month from early spring to late fall and pruned in the spring.

Many roses will grow larger in zone 9 than they will in cooler regions. Give them extra space to grow, and plan to prune more frequently if you want to keep them smaller.

In coastal parts of zone 9, like Florida, be sure your water supply is suitable for growing roses. They cannot tolerate water with more than 1800 ppm of salt. Also, consider salt spray: beach rose (Rosa rugosa) and Flower Carpet roses are the best choices for gardens exposed to salt spray. Most other roses should be planted in sheltered locations where exposure to salt spray will be lessened.

For more difficult conditions, select a rootstock that does well in your region within zone 9. For example, Fortuniana rootstock is excellent for grafted roses in Florida conditions, while Dr. Huey rootstock also produces acceptable results.


How to Grow English Roses in Zone 9

Related Articles

The queens of the garden, roses (Rosa) are among the most popular flowering shrubs grown throughout the world. English roses often are called David Austin roses after the rose breeder who has introduced more than 150 cultivars since the late 1960s. English roses are hybrids created by crossing modern hybrid tea roses with older varieties of roses such as damask (Rosa x damascena), alba (Rosa x alba) and gallica (Rosa gallica). All varieties of rose grow in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) plant hardiness zones 4 to 10 and particularly thrive in USDA zones 9 and 10.

Choose a bright spot where the English roses will receive at least six hours of sunshine each day. If you live in an area with particularly hot summers, choose a spot with some protection from intense, afternoon sunlight for your roses.

Work rich compost into the soil before planting rose bushes, and add a top layer of compost each spring. Don't disturb the roots of planted roses or allow compost to pile up against the bushes' canes, or stems.

Space your roses at least 3 feet apart if you plant different varieties. If you plant one variety and want to create their maximum effect, then plant the rose bushes 18 inches apart in groups of three.

Water your English roses on a regular schedule. Roses are thirsty plants, and USDA zone 9 can be hot and dry. The roses' soil should remain moist but not soggy. Give them at least 1 inch of water per week and more water when it is very dry, windy or hot.

Feed your roses with rose fertilizer in spring. Apply the initial feeding to the soil when the roses' first leaves of spring are completely unfurled, and feed the bushes again every other month until late fall.

Prune English roses twice per year. USDA zone 9's warm, long summers encourage English roses to grow very tall and lanky. Prevent that, after the heaviest flush of blooms in early summer, by cutting the canes to the second or third set of leaves. Prune again in late winter when the small growth buds begin swelling. That usually happens in mid-January in USDA zone 9. At that time, cut each English rose bush down by about one-half, shaping it into a rounded form.

Watch for insects and diseases. If you spot common rose pests such as aphids, spider mites or thrips, use a non-toxic insecticide spray. Mildew and rust are common diseases in USDA zone 9. Both can be treated with fungicide.


Floribunda roses grow as small bushes with a wealth of blooms in clusters on the stems. They produce blooms continuously for landscaping along borders, in beds and for hedging. These roses need cold protection in bad weather, but will reward the gardener with a summer bounty. The Sunsprite variety produces the classic yellow rose of Texas with fragrant, long-lasting blooms.

  • Knockout roses are known for their hardiness even in the difficult conditions of Texas growing.
  • This shrub rose is resistant to many of the common rose problems like blackspot, powdery mildew and aphid infestation, according to Lynn Rawe of the Bexar County Extension Service.

Watch the video: How to Trim Your Roses + Our Secrets for Growing Roses in Ohio Zone 5b