The Q&A Archives: Lady Banks Rose/Yellow

Question: This is the second growing season (planted last year) for my rosa banksiae lutea. It is already June and there was no flowering. The rose was blooming when I purchased it and planted it last year.
I planted it in an area that does have some afternoon filtered shade.. the area does have a wonderful trellis for support.
Any suggestions or recommendations?

Answer: Rosa banksiae 'Lutea' or yellow Lady Banks rose should do well for you. Often it takes a new plant several years to become well estbalished and bloom its best. It needs a minimum of six hours of direct sun each day for best blooming, but even with a bit less it should still bloom. The most common reason for lack of bloom is pruning at the wrong time and/or pruning too much. It blooms once a year in late spring with blooms on the old wood. Canes that are two to three years old bloom the most. So the only "safe" time to prune it is in early summer and at that time you should be removing only very oldest canes, also possibly heading back some of the longest to promote lateral growth. Pruning hard in say early spring as one would a hybrid tea rose would remove the flowering canes. I hope this helps.

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