Lewis
Lewis
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Asked on Jul 11, 2013

Tea roses

LewisMarilyn Highley360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
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we have 3 tea rose bushes next to each other. a red with a white on each side. The red is fine but a couple of times over the summer the whites loose all their leaves for a couple of weeks then they come back and start flowering and look hardy. The soil is clay. I fertilize every 2-3 months. The sun shines on them for a out 60 % of the day. They get plenty of water.
9 answers
  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Jul 11, 2013

    When are they losing their leaves in relation to when you are fertilizing?

  • Lewis
    on Jul 12, 2013

    hi Thank...it's at least a month.

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Jul 12, 2013

    Are the leaves turning yellow and dropping off or are they turning brown and drying up ? Do all of the canes look healthy when the leaves fall off or are they turning black on the ends?

  • Lewis
    on Jul 12, 2013

    don't know if reply went thru...the leaves r yellow then drop...the canes r green ..right now the leaves r almost all back and full of flowers

  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson)
    on Jul 12, 2013

    What fertilizer are you using and how much?

  • Lewis
    on Jul 12, 2013

    preen with weed killer...a granular, the container has a sprinkler top

  • Lewis
    on Jul 17, 2013

    Thanks for the answers, but I'm still hoping for more ideas.

  • Marilyn Highley
    on Jul 17, 2013

    Do the leaves get dark spots on them before they fall off? If so, it's possible they have a problem with "black spot". It's worse on some varieties than others, so that might account for why the leaves fall off the white rose plants, but not the red. Make sure you aren't getting water on the leaves when you water the plants and, if the problem is "black spot", you might be happier if you would treat the rose for that. There are a number of commercial products available at any store with rose care supplies.

  • Lewis
    on Jul 17, 2013

    no black spots..the 3 plants are near a dryer vent. But it's only the white ones, not the red one.

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