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Rose bush blooms but leaves yellow and fall off. Tell me why I should not dig it out.

Zone 02852 | Chrispy added on July 6, 2019 | Answered

This rose bush has beautiful blooms but for at least the past 3 years the leaves turn yellow and fall off before it blooms. It does grow a few new shoots. I don\'t think anyone took any real care of it. The flowers are pretty and smell nice while they last, overall I think it looks horrible. What should I do with it? 3 Photos from June 12 1 photo from June 29 (4845) Southern New England

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roseman
Answered on July 7, 2019

The rosebush looks to be an older bush and the losing of leaves could just be its nature. As some bushes get bigger and some of the foliage shades other parts or intense canes filling in, the leaves are allowed to turn yellow and fall off. If you still enjoy her blooms, I would not dig her out. You might try giving her some Kelp Meal, 1 cup per growing season. Sprinkle around the base of the rosebush, work into the soils lightly and water in well. You could also give her a couple waterings with some water that has both a product called Super Thrive and a Root Stimulator in it. This will help wake up and re-engage some older rose bushes.

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