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Question: I repotted my miniature standing rose tree into a bigger pot. I think I did it the wrong time in the year, because now the leaves have shriveled up and turned brown. There is a little green still left on the tree. I have given it plenty of water and plant revive, but it doesn't seem to be getting better! What can I do?

Answer: Roses are best repotted while they are dormant and will resent being moved while they are actively growing, but I don't think all is lost. While roses grow best in full sunshine, your rose tree may be going through some shock after being transplanted and will appreciate some protection from hot afternoon sunshine while the roots are becoming established. To bring your plant back to good health, set it where it will get morning sun but afternoon shade. Allow the top of the soil to dry out between waterings (you don't want to suffocate the roots with too much moisture), and don't fertilize. When you start to see healthy new leaves, gradually move it back into more sunshine. I think it will recover and it may even bloom for you later this season. Hope so!

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