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Novice needs help with Rose!!

Posted by calgon 7 (My Page) on
Sun, Apr 22, 07 at 10:13

My mother's home was sold recently and at the last minute I decided to tranplant a rosebush to my yard. I didnt read up on "how to" first . .but hope this rose will live! I know practically zilch about gardening, so need help!

-Its some kind of climber, and has very fragrant, lavender blooms, and has to be 10 yrs old or more. Mother wasnt able to work in her yard for at least a few years now, so nothing has been done to it for awhile, but last summer it was loaded with blooms.

-It was approx 6 feet tall with a good many leaves when I transplanted. I cut back the canes to approx 18 inches, which took out all the leaves. Some of the canes are green. A couple are a grey color and I thought they were dead, but even the grey ones have new growth on them now. Should I remove the grey canes??

-I planted the bush deeper than recommended from what I am reading now, but its probably close to the same depth it was in my mother's yard. What problems can planting too deep cause?? Should I replant it, and if so, when??

-I used Miracle Grow "Quick Start" on it a few days after I transplanted, then reapplied 7 days later. As per the instructions on the Quick Start . .7 days after that I used Miracle Grow "Shake and Feed Continuous Release Rose Food".

-There are quite a few new shoots appearing, and the first tiny leaves opened up today!! I did notice something that looked like white flecks on the new leaves. When I tap the cane, the flecks some off and dont appear to be an insect. Is this normal??

Any help or advice is greatly needed here!!

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RE: Novice needs help with Rose!!

You need to hold back on the fertilizer from now on. Let the plant develop at its own (normal and healthy) rate. Artificially stimulated growth can be harmful to the plant, in the long run.

Planting too deeply smothers the root system. The most important part of any plant's root system is very near the surface of the soil, where oxygen levels are highest. Burying a plant too deeply is one of the most common ways to kill a plant. Woody plants should always be planted a bit higher than 'level' so that when the soil settles, they won't be in a little pit.

No telling about the 'flecks'. Have no idea what you might have observed.

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