Question: My knock out roses which I planted last August have doubled in size since February. The horizontal growth is very low to the ground. This morning after 2 days of rain, a lot of the limbs are literally laying on the ground. I checked them briefly and they don't seem broken but I am worried. They are blooming profusely and seem very healthy otherwise. Should I stake them to keep them upright?

Answer: I think your poor roses are reacting to the soggy soils. As soon as things dry out they should perk up. When soil remains saturated for long periods of time the roots can actually suffocate, which can cause a collapse of the vascular system and drooping of the branches. I'd just leave them alone, especially if they otherwise look healthy. No staking required. I'm sure they will perk up in a few weeks.

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