roses that seemed to have stopped blooming

rosemg(5)July 17, 2012

I have older roses (shrubs) I think which bloom very little or not at all. This has happened past few years; I think I probably pruned them incorrectly but they were neglected for a few years before and the canes were crossing each other. I am almost tempted to dig them up but hope people have suggestions that are do-able by a novice gardener. Thanks in advance. I am in the Chicago area and the weather has been hot with very little rain so I am not sure what can be done.

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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL(8B AL)

Have the trees grown up to make too much shade around them?

    Bookmark   July 18, 2012 at 10:18AM
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Some roses, typically older varieties, are single bloomers, producing a flush of blooms just once a season. Without knowing exactly what type of roses you have, that's a possibility.

Otherwise, it is virtually impossible to damage a rose by pruning :-) you can chop them down almost to the ground and they will respond well. Of course pruning at the wrong time could also limit flowering or remove buds. Late winter/early spring is the recommended time in most parts of north America. Roses tend to be heavy nutrient users and appreciate fertilizing on a routine basis. And they like plenty of water. Sun, ferts, water and decent soil and they should be good to go.

    Bookmark   July 18, 2012 at 2:54PM
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