Roses Change Color - Knowledgebase Question

Waverly, KS
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Question by kansasyankee0
June 13, 2002
The first summer after I planted my rose bush, the blooms were red. The second year, however, the rose blooms were white. What caused the change?

Answer from NGA
June 13, 2002
Most roses are grafted, with the desired variety on top (the scion) grafted to a hardy rootstock. The most likely explanation for the color change you saw is that the scion did not survive the winter. The next year the rootstock sprouted and bloomed instead, and its flowers were white.

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