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Water-Wise Rose Care | Southern California Regional Report

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Gardeners love cut flowers. And there is nothing more satisfying than growing your own cut flowers. With the heavy carbon footprint of imported roses, as well as the difficulty in finding cut flowers that have not been treated heavily with pesticides, I do believe that roses are worth growing in Southern California. Roses (Rosa spp. and cvs., Zones 3-9), however, tend to be thirstier than drought-tolerant cut flowers such as protea (Protea spp. and cvs., Zones 9-12), so here are some tips and tricks for how to grow them with less water.

Select the best variety

As always, plant selection is very important. Choose roses that have heat tolerance in the description, or that have been hybridized in California. Also, check out unusual hybrids or roses that might have been cross-bred with tough-as-nails species such as rugosa rose (Rosa rugosa, Zones 2-7), which can have lower water needs and more…

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