The Q&A Archives: Roses Drying Up Indoors

Question: I purchased two miniature rosebushes, and both are sufficently watered- yet they are both drying up, wilting, and look like they're gonna die. ( Roses and their leaves ). What can I do? I had wanted to plant them in the spring.

Answer: Sometimes a cultural, foliar or insect problem can mimic the signs of underwatering. First off, be sure the plants are not overwatered and soggy, or underwatered with a dry rootball due to water running straight out between the soil and the edge of the pot. Next, be sure they are in a very bright but cool location, away from drafts and heat sources. Then, think back to whether or not you may have used any insecticides or other foliar sprays on them, which could possibly have damaged the foliage. Next, look at them very carefully for insects or signs of insects, and also for fungus or mildew. Finally, if you have not had them for very long, it is possible that they have been "shocked" by the transition from green house to store to your house and are simply trying to adapt to the new growing conditions. If this is the case, cutting off any truly dead bits, removing faded blooms, patience and ongoing routine care is about all you can do.

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