Roses forum→Advice on saving a rose...

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sampmiller
May 4, 2020 11:23 AM CST
Hi everyone,

I'm very new to gardening and I am currently trying to save a rose bush that has been growing in a friends garden for the last 10 years...

The rose has been growing in the ground in a shaded area of their garden, close to a concrete fence post. The rose had been flowering well up until 2018, but hasn't bloomed since. I've recently dug up the soil in the area and it has very little drainage...

I have now trimmed the rose back and removed whatever leaves were still remaining and I have also removed a separate branch that seemed to be dead (brown under the surface of the cane). I have also scraped off some of the top layer in other areas of the rose and the stem underneath is still green.

The rose is currently sitting in a container in multi purpose compost whilst we research where best to plant it. I have also given it some rose feed according to the packet instructions.

The rose was a gift from my friends Mum who is no longer with us, so I would love to try and revive it and any advice would be greatly appreciated. Unfortunately I don't have any information on the type of rose (all I've been told is that the flowers are / were yellow!)

We are based in the South West of England, UK.

I have attached some photos that I have taken today of the rose in its current state...

Please let me know if you require any further information and I'll be very happy to help!

Thanks so much in advance! :-)

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Name: seil
St Clair Shores, MI (Zone 6a)
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seilMI
May 4, 2020 12:50 PM CST
Get it planted in a spot that gets at least 6, 8 is better, hours of direct sun. Dig a good sized hole and do a drainage test before you plant it. Then leave it alone, other than watering, so it can recuperate. If you don't see any leaves sprouting in a few weeks it is probably dead.

sampmiller
May 5, 2020 4:10 AM CST
seilMI said:Get it planted in a spot that gets at least 6, 8 is better, hours of direct sun. Dig a good sized hole and do a drainage test before you plant it. Then leave it alone, other than watering, so it can recuperate. If you don't see any leaves sprouting in a few weeks it is probably dead.


Thank You! Thank you so much for your advice! I'll follow this today and hopefully it'll improve over the next few weeks. Fingers crossed! Smiling

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