Jayme
Jayme
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Asked on May 28, 2013

911: I have a Rose emergency!!!

Debra PetersDouglas HuntJayme
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I decided that it is now safe to get my "birthday" roses in the ground. They had started looking unhealthy despite being in 5 gallon buckets. When planting them I discovered that the soil they were planted it did not drain well and kind of packed in around the roots. I think that the reason they were looking unhealthy is because they were "drowning" so to speak. The soil was very moist and I believe was rotting the roots.

My question is: do these beauties have a chance of survival now that they are planted in the ground...good draining soil...fertilizer etc..... Will the roots regrow?

I am just sick over this because my husband got me those roses for my birthday. I have absolutely ZERO experience with roses. HELP!!!
6 answers
  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on May 28, 2013

    You have done pretty much all you can do at this point. Keep a close eye on them. How big are they and how long were they in the pot? Have they lost leaves?

  • Douglas Hunt
    on May 28, 2013

    Go very easy on the fertilizer. You want those plants to concentrate on getting rooted, not putting out a flush of growth.

  • Debra Peters
    on May 28, 2013

    Doug - would you take one more step - remove any flowers or buds to really force energy into root growth and not flowers?

  • Jayme
    on May 28, 2013

    @360 Sod (Donna Dixson) one of the plants look much worse than the others. Some leaves dead and some of the stalks seem hollow or spungy...but, there is also some very viable parts as well. I am thinking that I should definitely cut off the obviously damaged portions. The other 2 plants do not have the obvious damage, but the root portion was in a bit worse shape on one of them. @Douglas Hunt I used a fertilizer that was low in nitrogen but higher in phosphorus....gosh I sure hope that I didn't seal their fate by doing this. Is there something else that I can do that to ensure that the roots are what is benefiting?

  • Douglas Hunt
    on May 28, 2013

    I think all you can do is cross your fingers and hope that the plants' survival instincts will kick in.

  • Debra Peters
    on May 29, 2013

    I would certainly cut off any damaged areas. I don't think you want the plant's energies spent on trying to defend or repair them. You might even then get rid of what ever is causing the damage. good luck!

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