Pine Root Problem - Knowledgebase Question

Capitola, CA
Question by coldguy
March 22, 2000
We have recently planted two tree roses in our front yard. One is doing nicely but the other is planted at the former site of a small pine tree (7'). Is it possible that the pine has inhibited the growth of the second rose? It seems stunted. While shoots are out, they are not nearly the size of the leaves on the other roses in the garden.

If this is the case (that the pine has affected it) what can be done now that the plant is in the ground?


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Answer from NGA
March 22, 2000

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Plants can take quite a long time to become established. While the second tree rose is growing slower than the other, I don't think planting on the site of a former pine tree is the reason. Unless, of course, the stump and roots are crowding the roots of the new rose! Roses don't like competition from other plants for moisture and nutrients.

I'd continue to give both roses plenty of TLC, and wait to see whether the puny one catches up to the other during the course of the summer. If it doesn't, you can dig and replant it during the dormant season.

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