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Question: I got a rose bush for a gift. Which I have never had a rose bush before, I noticed it was dying in the planter so I removed it carefully and planted it in the yard where it can get plunty of Sun and Shade. I water it every other day. I also put some mirical Grow on it and it seems to be dead now. The branches are all falling off and bare and there was a small black bud but it is now gone too. I have no clue what else to try to do or how to restore it. Is there any way someone could please help me out? Thank you

Answer: it is possible that the rose is still alive. The way to determine that would be to look carefully at the canes (branches) and see if they are still green. Starting at the tips, trim away any dried out brown material continuing lower until you reach green. If it seems that all of the top portion has died, it is still possible that the roots are alive. If so, the plant will resprout from the base. There is a caution here. Roses may be either grown on their own roots, or grafted. If grown on its own roots, then the new sprouts will match the original rose you saw. If grafted, meaning a decorative top has been attached to especially functional roots, then the new growth may not match the original rose. Roses do well in average to excellent soil in a well drained (meaning never any standing water or overly wet soil), sunny location (sun all day or for six hours including noon). Keep the soil moist but not sopping wet and use several inches of organic mulch over the root zone to help keep the soil cool and moist. You may want to take a look at a book or two about roses and about gardening in general. I would suggest the Dummies series which can be found at most libraries and bookstores -- these books provide good, straightforward, practical information. Good luck with your rose.

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