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Question: have have roses planted, there are blooming but the flower is not lasting long after it opens (week). how long should thay stay before the peddles drop. also the leafs are green but have outer edges are brown (most). tried sprays for dease and insect contral ever seven days. what else can i do to maintane healthy roses. water every 2 days (evning)good drain,9hr sun, microfeed sticks on each rose

Answer: I think one week is about average for rose flowers. Prune off the spent flowers and new flowering branches will grow. The browning leaf edges can indicate over fertilization or over watering. Roses like moist soils but the soil needs to drain well. Try cutting back on the watering, waiting until the top inch of soil is dry, then watering thoroughly. This will probably every 3 days in the summer time. Leaves can also be damaged by excessive pesticide sprays so don't spray unless you actually see insect or disease problems on your roses. Good luck with them!

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