How To Grow Roses Successfully In Windy Areas

Last Updated on August 8, 2022 by Stephanie

All Rose species benefit from breeze around the leaves, which helps prevent common ailments like powdery mildew. But exposure to turbulent winds can cause a variety of issues for rose gardeners…

Regosa roses thrive in areas with windy conditions. Create an natural wind break, like conifers to create an obstacle to strong winds. The roses that grow in areas with windy conditions typically require additional water supply, high-quality fertilizer, regular mulch application to hold in water, and a strategic pruning to lessen the wind resistance so that only the strongest and most durable growth is left.

With a little planning, you can cultivate roses in areas with wind efficiently, with a large flowers. Lets look at some of the best tips to ensure that your rose is flourishing…

1. Choose a Rugosa Rose for Windy Areas

Rugosa Roses are the most suitable species for gardens with wind and are my favorite rose.

There are a variety of Rugosa roses that come in many shades, scents and gorgeous flowers. They are all distinguished by their exceptional hardiness and resistance to illness and windy conditions, as well as their tolerance and their ability to survive coastal conditions with regular exposure to the seas spray.

Rugosa roses also are admired by rose gardeners due to their ability to thrive in soils that are sandy and endure drought conditions.

The ability to flourish despite the harsh conditions makes it the ideal rose for windy gardens.

2. Create a natural Wind Break by planting Conifers, or Yew Hedges

In constantly windy and exposed areas, I would suggest making an artificial or natural wind break to disperse strong winds.

For this, youll require a densely vegetated evergreen like a conifer. Conifers keep their leaves all year round, they can protect roses during the winter months when winds can be at its most powerful.

Conifers are the best choice because theyre strong enough to withstand wind and grow in an even, almost transparent barrier , in contrast to other shrubs and trees that may develop small branches and may not develop in the form you require without extensive cultivation over a long time.

Conifers can be found in garden centers, nursery stores or online in the right size and height that can be used as a hedge for your rose bush , so that you dont have to be patient and just wait around for your tree to reach a suitable size. The benefits of instant gardening!

It is essential that conifers dont block light for your roses (which require at least six hours of direct sunlight each the day) And Id suggest to plant the barrier plants minimum 4 inches from the border.

They are heavy feeders and require lots of nutrients, so if you plant other plants close to them, theyll have to fight for nutrients and water which may end up to the disadvantage of the rose.

Of course, you dont need to build the wall of conifers for windbreaks; there could be other plants you like or might consider using a windbreak made of artificial material like a trellis or fencing.

Remember that roses need air circulation because it helps prevent illnesses, so dont over-stuff your rose instead make sure you stop the constant, strong winds which dry out the rose.

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3. Two times a week, with 4 gallons if it’s hot and windy

We know that winds can dry out the leaves of roses, the canes, and the soil moisture, however, when combined with hot, dry conditions the issue can become more severe.

If youre experiencing a heatwave or reside in an extremely dry area such as Arizona then youll need to water your roses more frequently than at any other period.

The most common recommendation for watering roses that are already established should be to provide your flower with a thorough soak every week, and allow the soil to dry out between intervals of watering because rose roots dont like prolonged exposure to water, and they prefer drainage.

If its windy the transpiration of leaves will be greater than normal, and dry air can only increase the issue.

In these circumstances, is important to examine your rose for signs of heat stress. It could be the appearance of yellowing leaves or leaves that curl and falling.

If you experience scorching hot days that have little or no rain or windy conditions during the growing season (spring as well as summer) then I suggest to water your rose two times during the week, using between 4 and 5 gallons of water per day.

It is possible to utilize an hose that soaks at this point as it could be exhausting and time-consuming to refill the watering container multiple times.

Tips for the Top: If you are unsure if your rose is in need of water put your finger in the soil surrounding the bottom of your rose. If you notice any moisture , then wait an additional day or two and check the soil once more. If the soil is dry , it is the ideal moment to water your rose. an ample watering.

The soil is a little dry between watering, so dont think that youve put off your blooms. Thesoak and dry method of watering is precisely what it is.

Make sure to water your roses at least once a week unless youve had more than 1 inch of rainfall over seven days. Even then, Id suggest checking the soil to ensure that you are on the secure side.

Or, I prefer using a gadget that is available on Amazon that measures soil humidity, hours of sunshine as well as the pH level of soil. These three factors are crucial to rose gardeners and, best of all, it is available at a reasonable cost!

4. Apply Mulch Twice a Year in Windy Areas to Retain Water

Mulch application frequently in gardens that are windy is among the most effective ways to maintain the health of your rose.

The main advantage of using mulch around the roses in gardens with wind is that organic materials aid in retaining the water in the soil around the base of the rose.

Wind can drain moisture from soil, so adding water-absorbing mulch can help your rose draw in more water, counteracting the drying effects of wind.

The three most effective mulches for roses in gardens with wind include leaf mould, well-rotted manure, and compost made from kitchen and garden waste.

They all are able to hold on water, much more than other mulches that are commonly used, like straw or wood bark.

While these three mulches hold on to water, they create an edifice that allows excess water to drain away , which is the perfect environment for roses. The roses roots will have time to draw on the soils moisture before the wind dry it out.

The most effective method to create leaf mould is using the lawn mower cut leaves, then put the leaves that have been shredded in a composting space and let it decay until it is partially decomposed prior to use as a mulch , and thus in no danger of blowing away.

Mulch can also improve soil structure and pH neutralization. It also improves drainage, and fuels soils ecology, and slowly releases nutrients to the soil for increased fertility.

The mulch should be spread in a 2 inch layer all around the base of the rose bush. Leave a gap of 3 inches between the canes of the rose since the above ground wood is not a fan of being exposed to constant moisture.

I personally do this at the beginning of growing season, usually in May or April and again before winter , in September, to protect root systems from harshest winters frigid temperatures.

The mulch helps keep the roots cool during summer , and keep the soil moist and reduce the growth of weeds.

5. Prune Properly Every Year in Spring to Prevent Wind Damage

Regularly pruning your rose is vital to remove dead wood, leggy growth, and any canes that could be in contact with and rub against one another that could cause infections.

The growth of the weaker variety is also more prone to damage from wind and dead wood will increase the resistance to wind for the rose bush, without adding any value.

After a gentle pruning, you should have the strongestand most durable rose canes, so that the entire bush shrinks in size, and it is also more compact as well as less visible.

This can result in a stronger and healthier rose which is also resistant to diseases as well as able to produce more blooms. I usually do a gentle pruning of my roses in the spring, typically around the end of March.

The ideal time to prune is at the point when growth is only beginning to take shape, the buds that are at the top appear to be expanding however no leaves appear.

6. Roses in Windy Areas Need 6 Hours of Sun per Day and a Good Fertilizer

To ensure that you have the strongest and toughest rose that is able to withstand the elements, you must make sure that your flower is healthy and as strong as it can be.

This is a direct sun exposure that is preferred to be more than six hours per day. Roses that get less sunlight or have to endure partial shade can become less robust, weaker and their canes as well as new growth may droop downwards.

The weaker and leggy roses are more vulnerable to being battered by the winds. Be sure that your rose gets sufficient sunlight to flourish. If it isnt, I would suggest that you move your rose into a more accommodating sun-drenched location. Also, make sure that there are no branches hanging overhanging from nearby by trees have grown the size of a tree and are now depriving the rose of light.

If theyre cut back, remove the canopy, allowing your rose to soak in sunshine! Also, you will see more beautiful blooms as well.

A regular fertilization routine is also a good idea since it can increase the durability and strength of your rose and enhance the appearance of your flowers. For a complete guide on how to fertilize your roses organically, check this article.

For less experienced rose gardeners, I would suggest miracle grow roses as well as shrub fertiliser.

It has all the elements required for a rose to flourish, all in the proper amounts. In addition, it is designed to only require two applications per year , at the initial site of flower buds , and then again after the second flush of buds.

All you have to do is rake the mulch and then sprinkle the granules directly on the soil, and then return the mulch then water it well into.

Its very easy to use and Ive achieved excellent results, especially when it comes to the amount of flowers that are displayed during the time of flowering.


If you plan to plant roses in a garden that is windy, I strongly suggest the regosa rose because of their resistance to diseases, wind and other adverse conditions. They also make a stunning model of a rose that has an amazing scent.

When the winds are particularly persistent , its recommended to construct an organic wind break to block the most powerful gusts.

Wind sucks away the water from the rose as well as soil, so be sure to apply a mulch that retains water such as leaf mould. Also, make sure that you water your flower at least one time a week, with at least 4 gallons of water during the season of growth. If you are experiencing an extremely hot weather spell or live living in an area that is naturally dry, I suggest to water the roses two times every week.

The best way to water your roses is to follow your instincts and react to the weather conditions and react in accordance with the weather. When your flower is showing symptoms of stress (drooping leaves) then you should give it an extended soak.

Take care of your roses by using a good fertilizer, regular pruning and mulch to ensure that the rose remains as strong and healthy as it can be . your rose will thrive in an area that is windy.



Went from an inexperienced gardener to a half-decent one over 10+ years. I cover anything from general indoor plant guides and lawn care, to succulents and flowers. Super happy to share my tips and tricks with you :)