Rose Tree Leaves Are Wilting. Why? - Knowledgebase Question

Mt. Laurel, NJ
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Question by CASzuchy
May 14, 2001
I have eight rose trees. Two were transplanted about 6 weeks ago. One is doing fine the other is starting to wilt. The leaves are new green foliage but are just hanging. Could this be due to to much water. All of my other rose trees except one are containerized and none of them seem to have this problem. I change my sprikler heads so they would not hit the rose tree and I could water it by hand but is this to little to late? I also dug a little around the base of the plant and it seems to be damp. Any suggestions? Thanks for any advice you can give.

Answer from NGA
May 14, 2001
Sometimes transplanting can stress a plant enough to exacerbate some other underlying problem that you might not have been aware of. Other times, the transplanting process may cause just enough root damage that there is not enough water moving through the plant to support the foliage when the plant is fully leafed out. Wilting can however signal over or underwatering. You will need to check the soil with your fingers and make sure that the soil is moist but not sopping wet as roses require good aeration in the soil and thus need "good drainage" with moist soil rather than a soggy soil. It is also possible that the soil match between the original soil and the new soil is not very close and that they drain at different rates, this could also affect the watering needs of the plant until the roots grow out into the new soil. I hope this helps you trouble shoot.

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