Roses
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Roses

Zone Cardiff, Wales | lesley williams added on August 5, 2016 | Answered

Summer 2014 I planted three rose bushes, following all the instructions. That first year I seem to recall that they flowered OK, but not a lot, as I assumed they were new. Last year they produced lots of buds, but the buds turned brown and never flowered. I pruned the roses well and this year they are large, strong and again producing plenty of large buds. But, same again, the beautiful promising large buds just turn brown - they look 'crispy', as though they are dead and dried, but in fact they are 'wet' inside. The stem below the bud has also turned brown - though the bushes are lovely and green. I live in Cardiff, so we have seen plenty of rain - but other gardens I pass all have lovely blooming roses. Any help anyone can offer I would be very grateful (the bushes were planted in memory of my mum so I will do anything I can to help them bloom.) Many thanks, lesley

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roseman
Answered on August 7, 2016

Hi Lesley, so sorry to hear this is happening to your rosebushes blooms.... If you had not mentioned that you get plenty of rain, I would have thought you might have a thrips problem. However, instead I do believe you are seeing a classic case of Rose Balling. Please check out this article on this subject: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/roses/what-is-rose-balling.htm

Stan The Rose Man
Consulting Rosarian
Gardening Know How

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