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Discussion id : 8-676
most recent 23 MAY 05 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 22 MAY 05 by Anonymous-797
I received a Climbing Queen Elizabeth rose tree for Mothers Day (of this year)...we planted it....but the bottom of the leaves are turning brown. Can you help me out on what is the problem and what I should do?
Reply #1 of 1 posted 23 MAY 05 by Lyn G
Generally, when the bottom of the leaves of a rose turn brown, it is a symptom of a spider mite infestation. If you want to double check, just put a clean white piece of paper under the leaves and tap them. When you look at the paper you can see tiny, itty-bitty, dots. Those are spider mites.

It's a good practice to wash the underside the the leaves of your roses with a water wand periodically to avoid spider mites.


Discussion id : 8-637
most recent 20 MAY 05 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 19 MAY 05 by Marina's Garden. Crawfordville, FL
I planted boxed bareroot Uncle Joe this spring. It grows nicely - but... blind shoots only.
Please advise should I prune the canes down or not?
Thanks. Marina
Reply #1 of 1 posted 20 MAY 05 by Lyn G
Roses tend to initially put all of their energy into growing a good root system, first. A boxed rose has had it's roots severly cut back to fit the packaging. If you could see underground, you would see the plant creating new feeder roots to support the top growth of the rose.

Even tho' the plant is putting out blind shoots, those shoots have leaves on them which are necessary to the plant for photosynthesis. To quote Kim Rupert, who has a wonderful article in this month's Ezine, "it takes about 35 perfect leaves to support one bloom."

I think you need to give your new rose time to grow both roots and leaves before you start looking for blooms.


Discussion id : 6-170
most recent 13 MAY 04 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 12 MAY 04 by Jan
I have two climbers that have not bloomed in two years. one is Antique and the other is pearly Gates. Thet are in a row of roses that have done quite weel this year. Any ideas?
Reply #1 of 1 posted 13 MAY 04 by The Scholar
Climbing roses bloom best on second year wood. You should prune them minimally of you prune them at all. If you've been pruning heavily they may not perform well.
Discussion id : 2-683
most recent 14 JAN 04 SHOW ALL
Initial post 27 JUN 03 by Robert Thomaston
I just started growing roses last year and planted 50 bare plants in late winter. I had loads of large blooms on most of the plants all summer last year. We had about a month of extra rain this year but still got a nice first blooming. Now I am getting the second blooming of the year and the flowers are small. Do I need to feed them more or maybe just do some in season pruning.
Reply #1 of 2 posted 30 JUN 03 by The Old Rosarian
The one situation that roses will not tolerate and will react to, is wet roots. That is probably what has happened to your plants . I would just continue your routine and they will come back again. Pruning them will activate them into producing new growth which will put even more stress on the roots. It is the frail feeder roots that have got damaged.
Reply #2 of 2 posted 14 JAN 04 by Roger Haynes
It may be that you need to do some more fertilizing. Roses are heavy feeders and heavy rain will wash alot of nitrogen out of your soil since nitrogen is water soluable. You can fertilize with as much as 1 pound of nitrogen per 1000 square feet, once a month through the growing season, and see if that helps, but do a soil test to check on the other nutrients, just to be sure.
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