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Discussion id : 100-249
most recent 30 MAY 17 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 28 MAY 17 by Storms
I purchased my "Pretty in Pink Eden" two years ago full of blooms. This rose is own-root and is very healthy and green growing Zone 4a and surviving northern winters nicely. I am an organic gardener, so this rose gets plenty of organic fertilizers. The only thing this rose does not do is bloom?
When I purchased the rose it was stated as blooming in flushes in Summer, I have yet to see any blooms? Is this considered a once-bloomer or repeat blooming? I also read somewhere that this rose does not like any shade? I do grow many roses that are not for my Zone 4a, so I know that this is not the problem.

Any help on getting Pretty in Pink Eden to bloom would be appreciated.

Thanks to Puns n Roses & StrawChicago for answering me back about Pretty in Pink Eden. I do have other climbers and all receive the same fertilizer with mostly bone meal, blood meal, composted manure, potash and compost Plus a booster of manure tea in summer. I have been blessed with great soil which is sandy clay loam. Every rose and has really like this soil! My other climbers have bloomed right away in this soil whether once blooming or continually bloom and they are pruned in spring if repeat blooming and the fall for once-blooming. Living in the woods I had to cut out trees for a house site. The roses receive about 6-7 hours of direct sunlight and than filtered light. I still think Pretty in pink Eden needs more light so today I am moving it to my Vegetable garden so it will receive at least 8-10 hours of sunlight. I do think it will thrive there, it will also be nice to see roses growing with the vegetables. After 25 years of growing roses, I'm not giving up on such a beautiful rose. I went back to the nursery where I purchased it yesterday and saw other Pretty in pink blooming there, so I rdeally want to make this rose work, thanks for the helpful advice.
Reply #1 of 2 posted 29 MAY 17 by Puns 'n' Roses
Because I have no experience with this rose personally, I looked it up and it is listed as a climber. You might want to stop fertilizing it, because it seems all you are doing is encouraging cane growth. Do you know the type of fertilizer you are using (the three numbers)? Do you use different fertilizers in spring, summer and fall? Also, how do you prune your rose, and when?
Reply #2 of 2 posted 30 MAY 17 by StrawChicago Alkaline clay 5a
Hi Storms: I'm in zone 5a. With climber like my Crown Princess Magareta as OWN-ROOT, the first year was stingy, like 2 blooms. The second year I gave it sulfate of potash & gypsum, plus high-phosphorus chicken manure, it gave a dozen blooms. Now on its 6th year, over 100 blooms. For climber, choose a fertilizer high in potassium & phosphorus, plus calcium, but low in nitrogen. I use NPK 2-10-20, plus gypsum to enable lots of blooms on climbers. Also for repeat climber, I am brutal in pruning, like pruning them below my knee in early spring, plus giving it sulfate of potash & gypsum & tiny bit of nitrogen for fast growth of new canes. Sulfate of potash with low salt index of 43 is mined from the earth, so it's organic, best order on Amazon to get the correct type (you don't want muriate of potash, or potassium chloride .. very high in salt with salt index 116.2).
Discussion id : 29-687
most recent 11 AUG 08 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 11 AUG 08 by xyla
My roses are acting very strange this year, altho the weather has been mild and great for roses. They all started out growing very vigorously, but my Mr. Lincoln never gave me one bloom! It also has strang elooking branches growing out all over. The Memorial rose also grew great and bushy but not one bloom (it never bloomed last year either) My climbing Blaze had many blooms in one flush, then quit. Most the other roses are pretty sparse compared to last year. So far Summer Wine (my favorite) has done wonderfully. Anyone know possible causes for lack of and/or few blooms?
Thank you
Discussion id : 28-082
most recent 11 JUL 08 SHOW ALL
Initial post 6 JUL 08 by anonymous
My rose bush is growing well and looks like it is about to bud(red leaves), but no bud ever appears. I did not have this problem last year. This year we have had alot of rain, could that
be the problem?? My other bush is blooming and thriving. What gives?
Reply #1 of 2 posted 7 JUL 08 by Cass
Where do you live? In some parts of the country, there is a rose pest called midge that attacks new shoots. If midge isn't known in your part of the country (or if your plant didn't come from the part of the country where midge is a problem), it's possible your rose is just waiting for the right timing to blooms. How old is the plant?
Reply #2 of 2 posted 11 JUL 08 by Cheryl
I live in Michigan, Detroit area. I have never heard of midge. If that is an insect, my bush doesn't look like it has any bugs. In fact, it is growing quite well. I had to trim it some, because it is the long stem variety, and had some very long stems! (quite wild and with lots of shoots) This bush is about 4-5 years old and up until now, has bloomed very well. Any help would be appriesiated.
Discussion id : 22-288
most recent 28 OCT 07 HIDE POSTS
Initial post 27 OCT 07 by Ali
I have a Virgo rose which I have had for about 15 years, it has recently started its first spring bloom, but the buds are not opening fully before they start to die off. We are currently in drought, would a lack of water cause this problem or could it be a lack of some nutrient in the soil?
Reply #1 of 3 posted 27 OCT 07 by Cass
Yes, this is a protective mechanism. Flowering requires a lot of water. The odd thing is that a very, very stressed rose, one that is about to die, may flower, in a last effort. If the drought is truly severe, this is not necessarily a bad thing. But if your rose does not have enough water to flower, I wonder if it has enough water to survive at all. Ali, where is your garden? I asked because if it is springtime, and if your rose did not receive enough water over the winter to bloom in spring, it is in a very stressed state.

There could be other causes of bud death. In the USA, we have an insect that specializes in drilling holes in buds and their stems. I have seen entire thickets of wild roses with the buds all fallen over to the side, not one flower. It is the rose curculio. You can see a picture in the Glossary. I believe this pest is isolated to our continent.

Severe lack of major nutrients affects flowering. I'm talking about Nitrogen, Potassium, and Phosphorus. But you would notice symptoms of the foliage too. The leaves would have odd yellowing or veining. I grow many roses with little nitrogen, and they all usually manage a bloom in the spring. And of course wild roses all bloom without chemicals. So I tend to discount this as the major cause. I would not add fertilizer in a drought. It can kill a rose that does not have adequate water.

Sorry I could not be more specific. If you have a digital camera, a picture is always a help.
Reply #2 of 3 posted 28 OCT 07 by Ali
Thank you for this information, it is very helpful. Your response had me out in the backyard having a closer look at the newer flowers (opened in the last 24 hours) as the leaves appear healthy. We had some good soaking rain 2 days ago, they look a little more like they should, a few have actually opened fully.
I live in Canberra, Australia and we have a relatively cold winter (for Australia) I have always watered very sparingly during winter, mainly leaving it to rainfall, of which we didn't have a lot this winter, then having a very warm start to spring would have compounded the problem. I shall try a little more water on the plant - I tend to use grey water for my plants during summer, at least it is going to further use rather than just down the drain.
Reply #3 of 3 posted 28 OCT 07 by Cass
Ah, I've heard it is a terrible drought. I hope you have mulched your garden with at least 3 to 4 inches of organic mulch. It will help hold in the little moisture you are able to provide the garden. And good luck to you in Oz.
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