Roses deteriorating - Knowledgebase Question

Placentia, Ca
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Question by bennettrose
November 8, 2009
just moved into house with front yard lined in beautiful roses until we moved in. Leaves seem to be drying and falling off. What to do?

Answer from NGA
November 8, 2009
I think what you are seeing is normal. In most parts of the country roses go into a period of dormancy at this time of the year. Not always so in your mild winter growing region, but due to cooler temperatures and shorter days, I think your roses are simply slowing their growth. They will generally begin new growth at the end of December. You can wait until then to prune them back. When they are all rested they will develop healthy new stems and foliage. Just be patient with your roses. They will again grow into beautiful specimens - once they've rested a few weeks. Enjoy your new landscape!

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