The Q&A Archives: Roses

Question: I just found roses blooming after moving into our new home. I have NEVER cared for plants before as we were apartment people in New York. I have found a new pleasure in these roses that I didn't expect to find in such an unkept garden. The are dying fast. I have watered them, pruned etc...The pink color doesn't last they turn brown and dry out fast. What can I do? I think I want to revive this garden and plant more roses. Do I still have the time?

Answer: Roses are beautiful additions to any garden, but they are also high-maintenance plants. I think the time spent caring for roses is worth the trouble, though. What you describe sounds like a fungal disease (botrytis). To stop the spread, cut off and destroy all infected blossoms as soon as they droop or die. If this doesn't control the problem, you may have to resort to spraying a fungicide such as Daconil multi-purpose fungicide or Rose and Ornamental Fungicide. Follow label directions for best results.

Most roses are planted bare-root in the winter months but sometimes you can find roses growing in containers in your local garden center. If so, you can plant them this spring.

Enjoy your garden!

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