Roses forum: Mini Rose Plant Not Doing So Well

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Durham, NC
Jun 4, 2017 12:13 PM CST

I purchased a mini rose plant about a month ago. Since, there have been a few roses blooming but they quickly turn brown or even start to open with some brown on the petals. Some of the leaves on the plant have slight yellowing but not a ton. I'm new to roses and am not sure what I might be doing wrong. See picture below:

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The conditions:

The plant is in a pot on my balcony. It gets good early sun and is more shaded in the afternoon. I've been trying to keep it moist, but to be honest, it's NC and about 80-90 degrees everyday and dries out occasionally.

Any suggestions on what might be wrong/how I can better care for my plant?

Thanks in advance!

Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
Garden Ideas: Level 1 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Jun 4, 2017 10:06 PM CST
Hi @sarawall Welcome to NGA ...

You didn't say in your post where you purchased your rose. If you bought it at a grocery store, a big box store or even Walmart, that plant you bought was already stressed when you brought it home.

I know, that sounds pretty awful, but often the people in those stores really don't know how to care for container roses and the plants are half dead when you buy them.

The first thing you need to do is re-pot the plant into a larger container. Roses cannot dry out. If the container you are using is too small to stay moist all day, you have to pot the plant up.

You probably have more than one plant in your container and the plant is root bound. Growers generally stick more than one cutting into their containers during production to insure that they always get cuttings to take in every pot and to have a full looking pot.

Most people separate the plants and end up with two or more roses when they re-pot their new roses.

Once you pot up your rose, before you water it in, lift the side of the pot. Now, you know how the pot feels when it is totally dry. Water the plant until the soil is saturated. Lift the pot again. Now, you know how it feels when the soil is toally wet. The goal is to keep the soil moist. Half way between wet and dry. When you lift the pot and it is starting to feel light, that's when you know you need to water again.

Good luck with your rose.
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Durham, NC
Jun 7, 2017 4:13 PM CST
Thank you for the tips! I did buy the plant from Lowe's so that is likely what I'm dealing with - sounds like repotting is the way to go!
Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
Garden Ideas: Level 1 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Jun 7, 2017 6:26 PM CST
Good luck with your rose.

Roses are not indoor plants, but I have found them displayed for sale inside of the big box stores, which did not help the plants one bit ... Hilarious! Of course, they told me it was a corporate decision as where they should place the plants in the garden department. Go figure ... Rolling my eyes.
I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.
Name: Amanda
KC metro area, Missouri (Zone 6a)
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Jun 7, 2017 6:51 PM CST
Corporate has no clue when it comes to plants. Rolling my eyes.
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Jun 7, 2017 6:56 PM CST
Yes, I guess you would know!
Name: Steve
Prescott, AZ (Zone 7b)
Region: Southwest Gardening Roses Irises Lilies
Jun 10, 2017 1:25 PM CST
Bad plant. Bad plant. Angry

I don't see any problems that good care wouldn't overcome, but my strong point is not nursing plants back to life.

The browning of the flower petals look like thrips damage to me. The white powdery stuff on the stem, could be powdery mildew. There's also an insect that makes foam that looks like this. There's something in the photo suggesting that the rose also has some tiny spiders that may be setting up to eat the thrips. The curling of the leaves might suggest that it might have gotten a little dry, although I sometimes see something like this when I increase the moisture level in the soil.

First, I'd spray it off with a garden hose. Then I'd put it in a bigger pot, one or two gallons - ten twelve inches or thereabaouts - and use the best potting soil I could find. Be sure the pot has holes in the bottom. While the temps are in the 90s, I'd water it every day. Maybe give it an hour or two of PM shade from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. (Yes that's it, a siesta and a little drink with an umbrella!) Maybe also some Dr Earth or Spray 'n' Grow periodically. My guess is that it will be lighting up the garden in no-time.
When you dance with nature, try not to step on her toes.
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