The Q&A Archives: Rose bush not looking too good!

Question: I planted four new rose bushes in my garden this year. A couple of them are doing fine and the other two have brown leaves and look like they are dying. All of the bushes are planted within 5-10 feet of each other. What could be the problem?

Answer: Soil types and drainage conditions can differ from one spot in the garden to another so while your roses are planted in the same general area, the soil conditions may not be equal. Browing leaves can indicate overly dry soils, too much ferilizer, or over-exposure to hot sun on tender new leaves. If the browning leaves are concentrated on the new growth, I'd suspect sunburn. As the plants and leaves mature, this shouldn't be such a problem. If you've fertilized recently, you may have over-done it; if you're not watering deeply once or twice a week, the affected roses may be telling you they're thirsty. Hope this information helps you determine what the cause of the problem might be.

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