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Name: Ann
Status: other
Age: 40s
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: 1999-2001 


Question:
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?


Replies:
The following web pages on rose cultivation should be helpful:

http://muextension.missouri.edu/xplor/agguides/hort/g06601.htm

http://www.gardenersnet.com/roses/roses02.htm

http://www.emmitsburg.net/gardens/articles/adams/roses_in_winter.htm

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.

J. Elliott



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