Friday, May 21, 2010

Help with rose bush.?

I have a small rose bush, it is a clipping of a plant my Grandfather brought with him for Kentukey when my Momwas young, the origilanl plant has to 100 yrs old. I may have it in too small a pot, but something affected all my plants three months ago. They all dropped leaves and wilted.( chili,ficus,avacado, and my rose bush) I flushed them all with gallons of water for days, and all have come back well, lots of new growth. The roes plant is not as healthy as before, still growing but weak and small stems with only one bloom in two months. Some branches have turned black, and had to be clipped. I do not want to loose this plant, what can I do. I want to move it to a larger pot but not if it is too weak.

Help with rose bush.?
i have done clippings too.. they are forming new roots so alot of the energy of the plant is going towards the new roots.. because its a new plant try not to do too much.. i dont know where you live. so call a local nursery and ask when in the time of year for rose pruning (for me it is in the winter .. jan-feb.. when the rose is going dormant) ok so here is what i would do.. move the pot under a tree or on a covered patio.. this will help protect it from some harsh weather (but make sure the soil doesnt get too dry) when its the proper time for pruning .. repot your rose with good potting very carful of the new roots that have already started to grow... add about 1 1/2 teaspoons of epson salt near the roots (but not touching) this is a little secreat of rose growers.. epson salt help strong root not do a major pruning..clip just any dead growth, and take any leaves off the plant that has not fallen off.. this forces the plant to go into full dormant and at this time the plant is working on making new strong roots.. i would suggest you do not repot.. the plant probably has fewer new roots than you think. if the soil you have in the pot is not the best, try taking out some of the bad soil and adding good (on the edges of the pot.. without disturbing the roots) when you put the epson salt in the soil.. also put in some rose fertalizer.. is spring you will be surprised at the improvement and growth your rose will have.. repot next year (same time of the year.. good luck
Reply:Roses dislike being moved so the best time to transplant a rose is when it is dormant or not growing. That is usually in the late fall or early spring. In your area both times would be okay to move the rose. Never mind how you get the roots out. Have the new hole ready and plant it as soon as possible by mixing half a cup of bone-meal in the bottom of the hole for the roots to feed on.

Rose roots will continue to grow even when the temperature is 40' Most roses die when they are transplanted because they are not watered enough to keep the roots damp so make sure you give the rose water daily as it will take about 6 weeks for the new roots to grow back. Don't give it any fertilizer as you are trying to get roots to grow not the top part. If the plant droops or looks like it is dying, just ignore it and keep watering. Some roses may not start into growth again until the summer. Clipping off the dead branches is good. Also when watering do not get the leaves what this will damage them.
Reply:First of all, roses are deciduous plants and loose there leaves in the winter.

Second of all they do not like to have there root systems too wet and will die back as a result of this.(black branches)

When the plant looses its leaves again for winter, prune away any dead wood, re-pot into some new potting mix, one with a slow release fertiliser and only water when you feel that the mix has dried out.

When the plant starts to grow again in spring, give it a liquid fertiliser mixed in its water, every 2 weeks. While it is so small and is weak its probably not a good idea to let it flower as the plant has to put so much into flowering, so removing flower buds until it revives and grows to a size you are happy with.

Hopefully this will help your plant.

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