The Q&A Archives: Roses in Shock

Question: We hired some people do redo our beds, etc. I understood them to have had alot of experience. I decided to plant about 12 rose bushes (which I purchased from you). Unforuntately, she had planted 3-4 and fertilized them before we had a chance to find out - she didn't even remove the extra mulch. Anway, is there anything to do when a rose bush is in shock except keep it moist, not wet? I don't think we want to prune until it comes out of shock - is that correct? And when should be mulch? (Using rubber). We have more plants to add and thought we could better watch the roses and ensure they get enough oxygen. Any tips? Thank you so very much, Teri

Answer: Teri,

I am not clear based on your question as to just what happened to stress the rose bushes. Basically if they have not been in the ground for more than about a week you can probably dig them up carefully, fix any soil problem immediately and promptly reset them. Then water them in well. If you feel they are okay for now then just keep the soil moist but not soggy and give them a few weeks to recover. Don't prune now. Wait until next winter. Any future planting should be done in a soil with lots of compost mixed in.

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