The Q&A Archives: roses/transplant

Question: i transplanted a climbing miniture rose bush used transplant fertilizer. it looked good, then started drying out,(we had unexpectedly high heat, missed a few days watering because it had looked so good..) leafs turning brown, falling off, stems still green. i then cut it back one third, cont to water with plain water no fertilizer (thinking perhaps I burned it with fertilizer) I have no new leaves, two ONE LEAF only green leafs..(not entire three or five leaflets -- just one leaf) one at top of plant, one on botton new leaves, just dead brown leaves, majority of canes still green, cont to cut back new small area of brown cane...HELP

Answer: I think the combination of transplant shock, lack of water (even for a few days), and fertilizer burn have really challenged your new little rose bush. Cutting off the dead foliage and stems will encourage new growth - there's not much else you can do at this point except wait and see whether it's strong enough to recover. At this point, water deeply when the top inch of soil dries up and cross your fingers the root system is strong enough to send up healthy new shoots. I hope so!

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