Houseplants forum→Need help with rose plant dying

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May 15, 2020 1:23 PM CST
I planted this rose in Jan and it grew beautifully, produced a few flowers and buds and now suddenly the leaves are dying and the buds too. Need urgent help!! Is this overwatering or underwatering?
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Foothills of the Italian Alps
May 16, 2020 2:38 AM CST
It's neither overwatering nor underwatering: it's both. It's called watering stress and it usually happens when the top portion of soil is bone dry and the bottom is soaking wet. The plant becomes seriously stressed and starts dying off.
The most usual causes are use of an undervase and poor draining. If you really need to use an undervase, fill it for at least 1/4" with gravel to keep the bottom of the vase as dry as possible. Drainage can be a problem with many vases and potting compounds: after many years and too many dead camelias I have found the best way to solve this issue it to put a layer of lapilli or crushed rubble at the bottom of the pot to help drainage, and to mix a little gravel, crushed pumice, vermiculite etc in the growing medium. Everything that helps drainage.
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Seattle, WA (Zone 8b)
May 16, 2020 2:07 PM CST
If your plant is stressed then before watering do sprinkle 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt around the plant and then water it.

Epsom salt has magnesium which helps the plants. I use epsom salt once a month or sometimes once in 2 months as my plants are healthy.

May 16, 2020 10:10 PM CST
Thanks guys. Will try your suggestions.

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