Rose Flowers Don't Open - Knowledgebase Question

Baldwin Park, CA
Question by bdungc
April 10, 2000
I have a beautiful white rose bush with flowers that do not open fully. The buds are big, but the flowers only open halfway, then wilt.

Answer from NGA
April 10, 2000


This condition is most likely a physiological problem that occurs following alternating dry and wet weather, mild temperatures and cold spells. Poor nutrition can also contribute to this "balling". Give your rose some extra care by mulching the soil well to reduce soil temperature fluctuations and feeding with a high potash complete fertilizer, or phosphate rock and greensand.

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