Wilting Leaves on Roses - Knowledgebase Question

Albuquerque, NM
Question by bjsand
May 30, 1999
We water once per week and have fertilized two
weeks ago. What's up with wilting leaves?

Answer from NGA
May 30, 1999


Roses are moisture sensitive. As temperatures begin to rise, it might start showing as wilting leaves. Are you watering slowly and deeply so that water penetrates to the entire root zone to a depth of about 2 feet? Light sprinklings of water don't do much good. If you are not already, you might also try a 3-4 inch layer of mulch to help retain soil moisture and keep soil temperatures cooler. If these suggestions don't help, send another question to the database describing all the symptoms. Good luck!

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