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Questions About Roses

Asked by
Anonymous on
October 3, 2019

Q. All new growth on my rose bush is pale green, almost white on some shoots. Why?

I moved into a new home with a rose bush in the garden. Initially there wasn’t this problem but in the past 6-8 weeks the new growth has been pale. I live in Malta (hot & humid summer) and water 2-3 times a week.

Answered by
GKH_Susan on
October 5, 2019
Certified Expert
A.

Roses need 1 to 2 inches of water per week. You may be overwatering if the soil does not dry out between waterings. A couple deep waterings a week should be more than enough in the absence of rain. Poor drainage also can cause those leaf problems but since it is a new occurence makes me think it could be the watering schedule.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/roses/watering-roses.htm

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Asked by
annlingardrees on
October 4, 2019
Exeter

Q. I have a high beautiful climbing Rose. The trouble is the stalk is too long. can I cut it?

If I cut it 3 feet from the soil would it still survive?

Answered by
GKH_Susan on
October 10, 2019
Certified Expert
A.

Here are tips for pruning once blooming and repeat blooming climbers.

https://ucanr.edu/sites/UC_Master_Gardeners/files/138925.pdf

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Asked by
Kishore gupta on
October 9, 2019
Sutton Coldfield

Q. The best time of the year to plant the roses please.

How to keep garden healthy free of and disease please.

Answered by
GKH_Susan on
October 14, 2019
Certified Expert
A.

This article should help determine when to plant roses. You can help keep garden disease free by learning the cultural needs of your plants and providing them; by buying plants that are disease resistant and being vigilant to what is going on with your plants. When necessary, take immediate action.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/roses/planting-rose-bushes-in-the-fall.htm

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Asked by
Michael Daloisio on
October 19, 2019
Brick NJ 08724

Q. caring for my pop up rose bush

after cutting my pop up about 6 inches above the dirt should I add fertilizer for the winter months

Answered by
MichiganDot on
October 19, 2019
A.

I am not familiar with the term "pop up" rose and the internet isn't helping. If you want, repost with the formal name of the rose or what is on the plant tag. Roses are pruned in spring in NJ and most other places. You know it is pruning time when the leaf buds on the canes are swelling or just starting to open. This often coincides with forsythia blooming. Pruning stimulates new growth which is not the signal you want to send to the plant now. New growth will be tender and killed by winter. Fertilizing is saved for spring. Nitrogen moves through the soil and will largely be gone if you fertilize now. Fertilizer also sends the wrong message: your plant needs to harden off and prepare for winter. Cutting back to 6 inches isn't necessary. For now, just prune out dead, diseased and damaged canes. The following link goes to a list of articles on rose care including winterizing. https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/search?q=rose%20care

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Asked by
chp_skp on
October 21, 2019
L0G 1W0

Q. pruning rose bushes.when and how

do I cut the rose bushes back to ground level and remove the rose hips for tea?

Answered by
roseman on
October 24, 2019
A.

You can remove the rose hips for many uses or leave them on the bushes for the birds. I do not prune rose bushes down to the ground unless I am sure the canes have died back that far. For my winter pruning I prune the rosebushes down a bit and thin them out once some good hard freezes have hit them so they have gone dormant. This light pruning helps prevent the winter winds from whipping the canes and damaging them. It also thins out the growth to help prevent the heavy snows from causing crushing damage to the canes. Here is a link to an article I wrote on pruning for you: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/roses/pruning-roses.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
October 23, 2019

Q. We will be moving in early spring and want to take a special Rose bush with us. We would like to transplant the Rose prior to putting

the house on the market. Could we put in a pot for the winter and keep it in good light, and then replant once we move? Or should we try to transplant it to our son’s yard now in the fall and then dig it up again in a year or so? We live in Medina County in Northern Ohio.

Answered by
GKH_Susan on
October 24, 2019
Certified Expert
A.

Here are some tips for transplanting. Usually spring is the best time to move roses, but since you are moving, I think I would go ahead and plant it at your son's house until you are ready for it.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/roses/transplanting-roses.htm

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Asked by
dionaea14 on
October 24, 2019
Tampa, FL 33604

Q. Are there any rose bushes that can be grown in containers?

We live in Florida in Zone 9. Rose bushes we have bought and planted in the ground are fragile looking and not thriving. Since we hope to move within the next year, we would like to grow some roses in large (approximately 5 gal. containers). Also, we had been told to try to find roses that had been grafted to a certain root system…cannot remember what the root system was and we wanted to know what to look for.

Answered by
roseman on
October 24, 2019
A.

The root stock for grafting you are looking for is likely called Fortuniana. It works well for rosebushes in your area. I would look for Floribunda roses and check their growth habits. You will want the growth habit to be more bushy and medium height rather than tall and spreading I would think. You could also get some own root miniature rose bushes for the containers, they can be very eye-catching. Also contact the folks at this website: https://tamparosesociety.com/ They can give you some great local help on roses they have found to do well.

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