Roses forum: Flower buds on newly planted bare root roses.

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Name: Mike
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Calsurf73
Mar 27, 2016 10:05 PM CST
Less than a month ago I received the 3 bare root roses I ordered from Regan's.
2 of them (Pat Austin and Distant Drums) leafed out within 2 weeks and now have tiny flower buds on them. The other rose is a climber (Top of the World) and is growing normally with no buds yet.
I've never had bare root roses set flower buds so fast, so this is a first for me.
All 3 of these roses were very big plants when they arrived and in excellent shape with enormous root systems.
Should I cut off the buds and force the plants to produce more foliage or just let them bloom and do their thing ? What say you experts ?
Name: Sharlene
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sunnyvalley
Mar 27, 2016 10:58 PM CST
Mike, not professing to be one of those 'experts' but that is really quick for a bare root to start setting buds. Personally, I would remove the buds because the plant should be putting it's energy into establishing roots at this stage. Just my 2cents.
Name: Molly McKinley
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MollyMc
Mar 28, 2016 3:39 PM CST
It's hard, but it makes sense to me too. Shoot, I have root stock suckers growing with little buds on them, it's hard, but I cut them off.
Name: Porkpal
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porkpal
Mar 28, 2016 4:18 PM CST
You might want to leave one bud each to be sure they are the roses that you think they are.
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Name: Jason
Gold Bar, Washington (Zone 8b)
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riverman123
Apr 10, 2016 7:05 PM CST
I would plant them and leave them be. let them do their thing. the growing time of year is only just getting started so im sure there will be no problem with them growing a good root system as well as producing flowers. as well, as mix in two cups of alfalfa meal into the soil as you plant them, then add two more cups to the surrounding soil every 6 weeks. you'll see flowers like you've never seen, all the way to first frost!!
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Name: Mike
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Calsurf73
Apr 10, 2016 10:02 PM CST
Thanks, Jason.
I ended up leaving the buds and they opened very nicely. The plants doesn't seem any worse because of it and are doing extremely well.
Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
Apr 12, 2016 8:25 AM CST

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Do you even get frost Mike?
I have never cut off any blooms, not for nothing, not for no one! It goes against my nature! Rolling my eyes.
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Name: Mike
Long Beach, Ca.
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Calsurf73
Apr 12, 2016 5:28 PM CST
Yes, we do get frost here, but not on any regular basis.
3 nights of in February did kill 2 variegated solanum vines as well as one clytostoma, both of which I hoped would recover but it doesn't look like that's going to happen. Sighing!

All my roses are just at the end of their first flush of the season...which is unfortunate because our garden tour is in 3 weeks and I won't have bloom one by then ! SO disheartening.
Name: Suzanne/Sue
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Calif_Sue
Apr 12, 2016 8:25 PM CST

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Wow, it came early for you. My roses are just starting, most are at least couple of weeks away from full flush.
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