knockout rose deadheading - Knowledgebase Question

savannah, Te
Question by janhardin
August 10, 2008
I have a new knockout rose in a container--it had a few blooms when purchased. My only other one is in the ground in south texas & it's doing beautifully. I pulled off a few spent flowers on both roses: the in-ground one did fine; the container one still doesn't have new buds. A couple of weeks later, I used pruning shears to diagonally cut to the 1st set of 5 leaves hoping to encourage new growth; still no buds. The rose seems healthy, just no flowers. I fertilized a couple of weeks ago; still no buds. I'm a brown-thumbed rookie, so tks for your help!


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Answer from NGA
August 10, 2008

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I think your new rose is awaiting its release from the nursery pot. Once it can stretch out its roots and feel comfortable, it will respond with new growth. I'd get it in the ground asap (or transplant it into a larger container if you intend to keep it in a container) so the roots have plenty of room to explore. Best wishes with your garden!

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