The Q&A Archives: Climbing Roses

Question: I have planting 4 climbing roses and one of them is not doing well, the leaves from the bottom are turning yellow. The blooms did not open all the way and it looks bad. What can I do to keep it alive? Please help. I live in the sand and I had to add potting soil to plant the roses maybe I did something wrong there????


Answer: Carol,

I am sorry for this delayed reply to your gardening question. We are transitioning to a new Q&A system and your question was unfortunately lost in the transition. I have discovered it now and hope this reply is not too late to be of help.

Your rose is suffering from root related stresses. If the soil stays soggy wet or gets too dry these can cause such problems and are easy to fix. Transplant shock is another possibility and time is the best cure. If the plant lacks nitrogen give it a boost of Miracle Gro or similar soluble plant food. Finally if the yellow leaves also have black spots you may need to use some appropriate fungicide sprays. Visit your local Home Depot and ask for product options for black spot control on roses.

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