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Question: we had alot of rain in june and july and my flower garden was flooded several times. the water just could not drain fast enough to keep it from flooding. Most of my flowers pulled through but my roses just are not doing to well. They have folage at the top but none at the bottom. They use to be full of folage and flowers. I have had a few blooms on some. I am trying to figue out what I can do to make sure that they will come back. I was wondering if I cut them back if this might help. I have given them rose food and it seemed to help some. One of my roses has a little folage at the bottom. could you help me decide what would be best.

Answer: Sanda,

It was a very rainy here indeed. Your roses may have suffered some route loss due to the soggy soil conditions but it appears that they are going to pull out of that and there is little you can do at this time except to ensure moderately moist soil. You might consider when making future rose plantings providing a raised bed so that during wet periods of time the roots remain a little higher and out of over saturated soil conditions. I suspect the reason your roses are not having good foliage down low is due to leave for diseases which are also common during rainy periods. Diseases including black spot will cause a rose bush to lose its leaves. The plant will regrow new leaves in time so be prepared to spray the foliage with a fungicide to protect it from black spot and other diseases. In late winter when the bush as you would normally and it will return with fresh new growth in spring.

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