Roseless Rose Bush
Hi we have moved into a house last year..and there is a
beautiful rose bush out back..but our problem is, it will not bloom.My
neighbor said it went wild it has 7 leaves in a each cluster where she
said it should have 5. I have fertilized it, watered it every day in the
extreme heat. but still no blooms. What can I do?
The following web pages on rose cultivation should be helpful:
Anthony R. Brach, Ph.D.
Some old fashioned bushy or rambling type roses, which usually have long,
fast growing stems and small leaves, are rather fickle - I have one in my
yard that barely bloomed for several years but about when I decided to dig
it out it put on a gorgeous display. Trimming those types of roses back
vigorously usually helps stimulate blooming. I suggest consulting someone in
your area that can tell you for sure what kind of rose it is.
Most roses like sun, some will do o.k. in partial shade - mine is in partial
shade - but probably the sunnier the better. Fall is fine for moving it, and
also for pruning, protect it over winter after moving it. Good luck.
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Update: June 2012