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Question: I have roses at my new house. They are about 5 feet tall. They started to bloom and they are big but one day they look great then the next day they look like they are dying, but some on the same bush still look great. The petals are now on the ground. Can you over water them? If I use a hose how long do I water them and how often should I water them?

Answer: Most roses last only 7-10 days before they start to lose their petals so what you describe can be perfectly normal. When the roses are spent, cut the flower and the stem down to a 5-leaflet leaf. New flowering stems will grow and you'll have roses off and on all summer long. Roses need a deep soaking once a week in the Pacific Northwest. Flood the soil, allow to drain, then flood it a second time. This should penetrate the soil deeply and saturate the root mass.

Best wishes with your roses!

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