The Q&A Archives: A stumped not growing rose bush

Question: I have a yellow rose bush that has not been taken care of in years. The poor thing has very tiny tender branches. It has bloomed a couple of flowers but it just doesnt seem to be coming back at all. I have pruned back as much as I could, fertilized it and also placed fresh soil, everything else seems to be growing well but this baby. How can I get it to get stronger and be the beautiful?

Answer: If it is producing tender new shoots, it may very well recover from its previous new care. Pruning it back should encourage new growth. Regular watering and feeding should help it gain strength so it can perform well. With any luck at all the plant will continue to grow nicely for you. However, if it does not thrive, even after all your TLC, you may want to replace it with a healthy new specimen. Sometimes overly stressed plants simply cannot and do not recover and it's best to replace them.

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