The Q&A Archives: Recently Planted Rosebush Looks Droopy

Question: I planted 2 climbing rosebushes one week ago. The planting directions said to maintain the root ball. On one this wasn't possible, and it is looking droopy, with some leaves turning yellow. The other one is fine. How can I help this poor bush along?

Answer: It's not unusual for recently transplanted roses to look droopy. They're letting you know they're a little stressed out. The best thing you can do for it is just to water it regularly. Deeply soak the soil once a week and wait until it perks up. Once it begins to put out new growth you can prune back any dead stems. It should recover nicely and provide spectacular summer bloom.

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