The Q&A Archives: No Blooms on Rose Bush

Question: I planted a rose bush 3
months ago. The bush is growing fast but no blooms. I is now 3ft by 4 ft. ?

Answer: Roses usually start blooming in June. There are only a few common things associated with lack of bloom: insufficient sunshine, plant immaturity, and type of rose. Roses need 8 hours of direct sunshine for good performance. A very small rose bush may not have the necessary reserves to bloom so you may need to wait for it to mature. And, while most of the newer roses are repeat bloomers, there are some kinds of roses that bloom only once a year, usually in June and then will not flower again until next year. You may have missed the opportunity this year if your newly planted rose did not establish itself before its normal bloom time. Aside from the above, too much nitrogen fertilizer can encourage lots of lush growth at the expense of flowering. Hope this information helps you determine just why your rose has failed to bloom.

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