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Q.red roses and elephant ears

Zone dallas, texas | Anonymous added on May 29, 2019 | Answered

I planted roses and elephant ears in front of my house in a white rock area. They are not doing very well. Its real hot. I live in Dallas. What can I do to help them grow?

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Answered on May 30, 2019

In a hot place like Dallas, rocks will heat up the soil. This isn't good for either plant. Elephant ears need constant moisture and perhaps afternoon shade in Texas. Roses like full sun as long as they are watered adequately, 1-2 inches/week. However, to keep the roots cool, use a wood or other organic (plant-based) mulch 2-4 inches deep. If you can detail what isn't going well or post a picture, we'd be glad to offer more help.

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