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Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
Garden Ideas: Level 1 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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RoseBlush1
Apr 4, 2017 1:37 PM CST
New growth at the top ? That doesn't count.

Your rose is still in survival mode. It does not have any lateral growth on the canes. That plant knows ... yes, I know plants are not sentient beings ... it need foliage for photosynthesis to produce "food" naturally, so it is trying to put on foliage to survive. This is not "new growth". It is survival growth.

The root mass in that pot is not large enough to support that much top growth.

It's up to you, but by not pruning the rose down so that it has less top growth to support and to stimulate growth from the base of the plant, you are not helping the rose move out of survival mode into recovery.

I know you didn't want to hear that, but that's roses.
I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.
Name: Las Vegan
Las Vegas, NV (Zone 9a)
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LasVegan
Apr 4, 2017 3:24 PM CST
So a radical pruning then? How far down would you go? All the way to the base of the two main stems?
Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
Garden Ideas: Level 1 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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RoseBlush1
Apr 4, 2017 4:15 PM CST
No, not all the way to the base.

Could you do me a favor and take a few close up photos of the rose at the base from a few different angles ? Maybe I can spot the bud eyes and give you more specific information about where to make your cuts.

I do think you will prune one of the canes harder than the other, which is standard practice when one is working at rejuvenating a rose that only has two canes.

I am pleased to read that you want to move this rose into recovery mode. It has fought so hard to stay alive, it must be an incredible rose when it is healthy and thriving.
I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.
Name: Las Vegan
Las Vegas, NV (Zone 9a)
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LasVegan
Apr 20, 2017 11:11 PM CST
So I have an update. I was gone two weeks, watered it thoroughly before Ieft. When I came back, this is what it looked like. What little new growth there was was all shrivelled.

I'm thinking of taking it out of the pot again, and soaking the rootball in a bucket until it loosens up. I also observed it doesn't get a lot of direct sunlight in its current location, it spends most of the day in the shade.


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Name: Sue
Ontario, Canada (Zone 4a)
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sooby
Apr 21, 2017 5:17 AM CST
Unfortunately you can't leave a potted plant two weeks without water no matter how thoroughly you water it before you leave. You need to either rig up some automatic watering system or have someone water it for you while you're away. The hotter, sunnier, more windy it gets the more often it will need water. The smaller the pot in relation to the plant size the more often it will need water. It would do much better planted in the ground.
Southeast OK (Zone 7b)
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KarenHolt
Apr 21, 2017 6:28 AM CST
Roses need light. Full sun as well. My roses do not do well without it. Your rose is battling a root bound pot, not enough water, fertilizer, and now sun. It will do much better in full sun.

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