The Q&A Archives: non blooming rose bush

Question: I have a climbing peace rose that I have had since Febuary. It has all kinds of new growth on it but NO blooms. I have used Bloom Plus and also rose fertilizer and still NO blooms Can you help me?

Answer: Climbing roses bloom on new stems that grow on old wood. Pruning them back in late winter will encourage new, flowering stems. If you didn't prune, most of the new growth will be at the ends of the main canes instead of lateral stems that produce flowers. Roses need two things for blooms: sun and nutrients. You've already fed them so remember to keep them consistently moist and mulch with 2-3 inches of compost to help maintain soil moisture. Rosarians I know fertilize their roses every 6 weeks during the blooming season. Prune this winter and your climber should develop new flowering growth. Enjoy!

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