What Is Wrong With My Mini Rose

mariah added on June 1, 2011 | Answered

I have two of them and one of them recently sprouted up to about 14 inches high. They have been planted for a year and were doing well at about 8 inches high, blooming constantly. Now all of a sudden I have new growth at the tips of each stalk, but the leaves on the new growth are tiny and look funny. The shoot will be bare until about 2 inches from the top, then these new leaves. Should I cut them back? Just the one plant shot up, but they were both purchased and planted at the same time.

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Answered on June 7, 2011

Sounds like your mini rosebush shot up what is called a Blind Shoot. Some do that from time to time. I just prune them back to more the height of the rest of the rosebush. Then see if it sends out some new growth from the junction of a leaf set and the cane. Those then should go ahead and form buds to bloom. If they do not, then you will need to prune that one cane out as far down as possible.

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