dieing roses - Knowledgebase Question

wellington, Fl
Question by dragonstorm3
May 7, 2010
i bought my wife some minitaure roses and they were doing great for the first few weeks now they have goten brown spots on the leaves and have stoped flowering and all the leaves have fallen off . i recently put them in bigger pots could they be doing this because they are growing ? i have checked for bugs but havent seen any but i did spray them with a fungacide and insectacide but still the same

Answer from NGA
May 7, 2010


How disappointing for you! Miniature roses have the same cultural requirements and their big cousines - lots of sunshine (6-8 hours a day) and well draining soils. It is easy to overwater plants, and that's what it sounds like may be happening with yours. Make sure there are adequate drainage holes in the bottoms of the containers. Water everything well and then wait 2-3 days to check the soil moisture. Stick your finger down into the soil. If it is still damp an inch below the surface, you wont' have to water for a few more days; if the soil feels dry, it's time to water. The roots of your roses need oxygen as well as moisture so don't keep the soil too moist. Now that you've checked for bugs and used a fungicide, there's not much else you can do except wait. Your roses should recover once they get enough sunshine and you're careful with watering. When they leaf out again you can prune them back to encourage healthy new stems and lots of new flowers. Best wishes with your roses!

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