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Reddish leaves on new knockout rose bush

I just planted three of these knockout rose bushes around my mailbox 3 weeks ago. I noticed that the color of the roses is lightening from a bubblegum pink to a baby pink color and not producing many blooms. Some of the leaves are also turning red. Any suggestions? I am watering that area quite a bit, as we just had new sod laid a few weeks ago...could the roses be getting too much water? Thanks in advance

  • Tanya Peterson Felsheim
    Tanya Peterson Felsheim Grants Pass, OR
    on May 10, 2014

    Red is good...new growth...will bring new blooms in time. Actually surpised the one already flowered that fast, was it budding when you planted?

  • Jacquelyn Gillick Collins
    Jacquelyn Gillick Collins Eureka, MO
    on May 10, 2014

    Actually, the plants had a few blooms already when I bought them. Glad to hear red is good!

  • Tanya Peterson Felsheim
    Tanya Peterson Felsheim Grants Pass, OR
    on May 10, 2014

    Yes enjoy the good planting with the red! it has a mood of good things to come! lol

  • Donna Byram
    Donna Byram Greenbrier, AR
    on May 10, 2014

    They will take a hold and come back to the original color after getting over from the shock of being planted. Like Tanya replied red is good, new growth. You can probably cut back the watering to maybe twice a week or so. I planted the this one (the darker pink knock out rose) last year and look at it now. They are easy to grow, so relax and enjoy.

  • Jacquelyn Gillick Collins
    Jacquelyn Gillick Collins Eureka, MO
    on May 10, 2014

    Thank you!

  • Sow and Dipity
    Sow and Dipity Canada
    on May 12, 2014

    Everything is fine with your roses... that's just the color of new leaves. As far as your blooms fading, they will do that as they get older and eventually fall off. Your plant is functioning normally ;)

  • Connie B
    Connie B Iva, SC
    on May 12, 2014

    All appears good with your rose. If you drink coffee, work some used grounds into the soil and.or a banana peel. Great sources of nitrogen and you'll be amazed at the extra blooms you'll have.

  • Peggy
    Peggy Old Hickory, TN
    on May 12, 2014

    My rose bushes were showing signs of red leaves when it was so cool this spring. They are absolutely covered in blooms now and are beautiful.

  • Barbara Turner
    Barbara Turner Chesterfield, VA
    on May 12, 2014

    Yep! Red leaves mean they are VERY healthy! I have a dear friend who raises them and she said absolutely you want red! It's sort of like Red Tip Photenias, we have 6 of those on our property!

  • Jacquelyn Gillick Collins
    Jacquelyn Gillick Collins Eureka, MO
    on May 12, 2014

    Thank you to everyone! I'm very new at gardening, so I really appreciate the help!

  • Patty
    Patty Hodgenville, KY
    on May 12, 2014

    What worries me is you said you planted three around your mailbox, these knockout roses get pretty big and bushy. Make sure they are not planted to close.

  • Jacquelyn Gillick Collins
    Jacquelyn Gillick Collins Eureka, MO
    on May 12, 2014

    Thanks! We spaced them similar to our neighbors, who have three knockouts around their mailbox... their bushes are much larger than ours, but they have lived there for 3-4 years.

  • Nancy Martin Becker
    Nancy Martin Becker Fort Wayne, IN
    on May 12, 2014

    i work in a garden center and my boss noticed all our new roses in a recent shipment had red leaves. he threw them all out without checking to find out if it was natural or not. found out about the next day. made me ill.

    • Tanya Peterson Felsheim
      Tanya Peterson Felsheim Grants Pass, OR
      on May 18, 2014

      @Nancy Martin Becker he worked in a garden center? hmmm think his time might be better spent elsewhere

  • Jacquelyn Gillick Collins
    Jacquelyn Gillick Collins Eureka, MO
    on May 13, 2014

    I'm so sorry that happened, Nancy!

  • Lynn Westrich
    Lynn Westrich Cape Girardeau, MO
    on May 13, 2014

    Red is new growth.

  • Patty
    Patty Hodgenville, KY
    on May 13, 2014

    It is hard to believe someone in a garden center wouldn't know that was new growth or at least have the common since to ask someone.

  • Nancy Martin Becker
    Nancy Martin Becker Fort Wayne, IN
    on May 13, 2014

    i'm afraid it's people like him that make customers doubt that anyone at lowe's garden center really have any plant knowledge.

  • Barbara Turner
    Barbara Turner Chesterfield, VA
    on May 13, 2014

    At the very least he should have had a brain enough to LOOK up the plant name (it's listed on their UPC code sheet, I worked retail for over 12 years) and he could've easily discovered "Oh, this plant, red leaves means NEW GROWTH! A good thing!)" Duh!

  • Cathy Murphy
    Cathy Murphy Catawba, NC
    on May 13, 2014

    Epsom salt will encourage more blooms. Put about 2 TBSP about 2 inches from the base.

    • Cathy Murphy
      Cathy Murphy Catawba, NC
      on May 14, 2014

      @JMTaylor70 I don't drink coffee, but I have heard of coffee grounds and used tea bags (w/o the bag) is supposed to be good, too.

  • Sue Salley
    Sue Salley Bristol, TN
    on May 14, 2014

    Sometimes newly planted plants will slow down on blooming for awhile. It will get better as it gets more established.Epsom salt was a good tip. New leaves being red is natural in many roses.

  • Barbara Turner
    Barbara Turner Chesterfield, VA
    on May 14, 2014

    I have Spirea Japonica and Inkberry Hollies and Soft touch Hollies shrubs and I simply break open my tea bags and spread 'em out on the roots and then just simply toss out food scraps on the surrounding ground. Best compost in the world. Instant in 3 days!

  • Cheryl
    Cheryl Clarksville, TN
    on Sep 16, 2014

    I think you should do some research before planting. The red leaves are new growth and the bloom color is new flower then fades as it dies.

    • Lisa Walsh
      Lisa Walsh
      on Jun 8, 2017

      Yikes, Cheryl! If we could all be as knowledgeable you! Cut the OP a break!

  • Ellen
    Ellen Canada
    on Jan 13, 2015

    Your rose is trying to establish itself and develop new roots in its new home. When I plant a new rose, I take off all the flowers and continue to take the buds off as the rose can't do both well....bloom and produce good roots. There's always time for flowers, you want a great sturdy plant first. And, yes ease back on the watering if you can.

  • Barbara Valenti
    Barbara Valenti Ponchatoula, LA
    on Mar 4, 2015

    Sounds to me you are the proud owner of a rose bush that's gonna make it! Screw the nasty replies and enjoy it. Also miracle grow would help.

  • Clarkc5
    Clarkc5 Milwaukee, WI
    on Mar 4, 2015

    Your rose looks great! How pretty that will be around your mailbox. Try banana peels as fertilizer, too.

  • Mansetomboy
    Mansetomboy Canada
    on Mar 4, 2015

    You benefit more putting those bananas together with the compost and letting them decompose properly. Knockout roses are a good choice for new gardeners.

  • Tiffany Ward
    Tiffany Ward New Castle, IN
    on Jun 22, 2017

    I'm concerned about my rose bushes. This is my first time trying to grow them. How can I tell if they are normal or have the rose rosette disease? If I post a picture can anyone tell?

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