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Houston, TX
May 29, 2017 8:19 AM CST
Can someone please help me to identify what is this jelly stuff that's on the soil of my roses. It rained last night is the only new thing.
Also I am new at trying to grow roses, is this a normal color for the leaves of my double delight?
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Name: Sue
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May 29, 2017 8:25 AM CST

Did you use a potting mix with some kind of "moisture control"? It looks rather like the expanded gel from something like that. The rose looks a little pale but I don't know the cultivar, hopefully one of our rose experts will be able to help.
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May 29, 2017 8:26 AM CST
The jelly substance looks like those water storing crystals. When they get wet they swell up with water then slowly release it into the soil. Did you put some in your pot? If not, perhaps the nursery you purchased it from did.
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May 29, 2017 8:26 AM CST
Hi and welcome! If your roses are growing in containers, did you by any chance use "Moisture Control" potting soil? It has a chemical gel-like substance in it that absorbs water and releases it slowly. That might be the jelly you're seeing on the soil.

The leaf color looks ok, but different varieties of roses can have lighter or darker leaves. Have you been fertilizing regularly? Roses in containers need consistent moisture and also a good supply of nutrients. Something like liquid fert (Miracle-Gro or the like) will give them a blast every couple of weeks, but not feed them slowly and constantly. You should try mixing in a pelleted, time-release rose fertilizer if you haven't already.

Edited to add: Here's the link to Double Delight in our database. Scroll down the page to see all the pictures - in the ones of the whole plant, the leaves seem to be a fairly light color, like yours. So that's good. Rose (Rosa 'Double Delight')

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Houston, TX
May 29, 2017 11:46 AM CST
Thank you everyone, for the soil I am not sure about the moisture control, I mixed organic composed, top soil and potting soil, I mix some of a good bacteria since they are in a container and I fertilize them at least once a week with the miracle grow. The double delight flower looks amazing is just the different leaf color but I feel better to know that they can be lighter. Thank you again for your help.
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May 29, 2017 12:50 PM CST
I agree, the jelly like substance is probably that water retaining polymer gel stuff used in some potting soil; photos on this page:
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