resiliency of roses - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by deborahgaydo
July 2, 2010
My 2 rose bushes were getting established after 3 years, but last summer they were severely tested when a porch was being built behind them. This year, many canes did not come back. In fact, 1 bush has only one major cane. I'm fertilizing them and they're blooming a little bit. Will they come back next year or are they too damaged? If there's still hope, what can I do to help them?


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Answer from NGA
July 2, 2010

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I think there's still hope. The tops may have been damaged but the roots are probably okay, which translates into vigorous growth. It may take a year or two for them to recover but I think they well. Prune them back early in the spring to promote lots of new canes and continue to give them TLC. They should eventually rebound.

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