Very lopsided Dream Come True rose bush (Grandiflora?)Should I p

Brenda K Spevak(10 Los Angeles)March 20, 2010

I am brand-new to growing roses, and put a Dream come True rose bush in our front garden a year ago at the commencement of a great gardening experiment gone haywire (i.e., I way over-planted, so during the summer everything grew into a densely tangled, impenetrable jungle such that I couldnÂt even harvest the veggies!). Anyway, the poor little rose bush got off to a very rough start, having been instantly attacked by some sort of fungus, which I cut off and disposed of the diseased leaves and helped her get over it, and then ransacked by aphids, for which I entreated the ladybugs to call all their friends and have a ladybug picnic (and they obliged!), only to next get totally buried under a mass of zucchinis, tomatillos and heirloom tomatoes. Nevertheless, she soldiered on and one side grew quite tall and bloomed beautifully, although the other side hardly grew at all, resulting in a strange shape rather like a checkmark.

My questions:

Should I prune back the long side to balance the shape, and if so, when? Even though spring wonÂt have officially sprung until tomorrow, weÂve had an exceptionally mild winter this year in L.A., and the spring growth is well underway with a couple fat bunds ready to open any minute now (on the short side, but plenty of tiny buds appearing on the long side).

Also, what should I be feeding this rose, if anything at all? I have a totally organic garden that I have been feeding species-appropriate organic food to the veggies and fruit, but nothing in particular to the flowers, as IÂm sure they have been benefiting from what I have been giving to the other plants. For the rose, I did give it some nice organic coffee grounds not long after I first put it in, and we fed it a fish last summer that it seemed to be delighted with (when my husband filleted a saba [not sure of the English name  Spanish mackerel, perhaps?] to throw on the grill, I took the head, bones and whatever meat was left clinging to them, dug a shallow hole next to the rose, put the fish in and covered it with a brick so the neighborhood cats wouldnÂt come dig it up and eat it like they did with the cooked fish skeleton I tried to feed it before that).

I have put a link to photos of the rose bush in questions, although please bear with me  IÂm not a skillful Flickr user  so if the pix of the raspberries (who suffered a similar beginning as the rose last spring) come up first, thereÂs only five, so just flick through them to get to the rose pictures.

Thanks very much,

Brenda K in L.A.

Here is a link that might be useful: My lopsided Dream Come True rose

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jim1961 Zone 6a Central Pa.

If you do not get the answers you need, think about posting
your thread on the main rose forum.

Is your rose getting enough sunlight to the entire plant? At least 6 hours of direct sunlight to the entire plant?
Does another plant grow very close up against the short side of your rose? Your pics show it has lots of space, just wondering as you mention above about a jungle. LOL

    Bookmark   March 22, 2010 at 11:52PM
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jim1961 Zone 6a Central Pa.

I just noticed that it's a new rose. If it's getting enough sunlight and is not overcrowded by other plants growing close on the short side of it, it may just need to mature more.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2010 at 11:59PM
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jim1961 Zone 6a Central Pa.

I have a rose that SORT of does the same thing. When this pic was taken it had been planted 2 years.
It gets well over 8 hours of direct sun.
This season all the canes have been winter-killed to the ground. LOL. It's a own-root. I will let it mature more and see what happens.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2010 at 12:27AM
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Brenda K Spevak(10 Los Angeles)

Thanks Jim!!

What a head-slapper! Makes perfect sense that the part of the rose that grew was the part that got sunÂÂ..

And yes, it is a new rose  only in the ground for a year now, so I take it the short side will catch up this year since I learned not to let it get totally buried under burgeoning summer annuals?

Below is a photo (woo-hoo!! I figured out how to embed a photo!!) of what the rose had to contend with last summer, and the rose canÂt even be seen! The only reason why I knew it survived during the summer was because now and then a lovely rose would poke through the canopy of tomatoes!

The roses in the picture you posted are beautiful!!!

    Bookmark   March 26, 2010 at 3:09PM
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As a rule, roses do not like to share their space with a bunch of other plants. Dream Come True is a rather tall rose, so you might want to relocate it to a rather bare corner that gets full sun and has fewer competing plants.

Do not be afraid to prune your rose to give it a more pleasing shape. Pruning will often force up new canes from the ground, making it less gawky.

And roses are heavy feeders. The fish they would love, and giving them lots of phosphorus will encourage blooms. If you give too much nitrogen, however, you will get lots of green growth and fewer blooms

Suzanne from Colorado

    Bookmark   March 26, 2011 at 5:43PM
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