cross polination? - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by WJBOLSER
October 20, 2010
approx. 4 to 6 months ago I puchased a large rose bush and small rose bush with tiny flowers. the large bush has white flowers, and the small one has pink ones. The other day when new blooms came out, the large bush was pink and white, I thought they were gorgeous. what happened? thanks, I am in the east valley, Chandler AZ

Answer from NGA
October 20, 2010
Most roses are grafted onto vigorous rootstocks. If you follow the branch with the different colored flowers down to where it emerges from the main stem I think you'll find that it developed below the swollen graft area. You'll want to prune off this and any other stems that grow from below the graft or these branches from the vigorous rootstock will eventually overtake the grafted rose bush. Of course, if you like the flowers, you can just allow it to grow. It will be a rambler rather than a hybrid tea rose but since you like the flowers, you may just want to do that.

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