Grow an Easy-Care Rugosa Rose for Rugged Beauty 

Absolutely! Rugosa roses are lovely, low-maintenance plants. A brief approach to developing an easy-care Rugosa rose  

Rugosa roses vary in color and size. Choose a variety for your landscape and environment. The deep pink 'Hansa', white 'Blanc Double de Coubert', and light pink 'Fru Dagmar Hastrup' are popular.  

Choose the Right Variety  

Rugosas prefer full sun but may tolerate moderate shade. Locate well-drained soil. These roses are ideal for coastal gardens since they tolerate salt spray and poor soil.  

Choose a Good Place  

Plant Rugosa roses spring or fall. Dig a hole somewhat larger than the root ball and add compost or organic debris to enhance the soil. Plant in hole and fill with soil. Thoroughly water after planting.  


Rugosa roses are drought-tolerant once planted, although they need regular watering during dry seasons. Water deeply and let the soil dry between waterings.  


Mulch the plant base to retain moisture, control weeds, and regulate soil temperature. Bark chips and compost are good mulches.  


Little pruning is needed for rugosa roses. Remove dead, damaged, or diseased branches in late winter or early spring. Use pruning to shape and increase plant airflow.  



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