Roses forum: Question about my rose bush, died and came back different!

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Name: Jeanne
Lansing, Iowa (Zone 5a)
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gardenglassgems
Jun 11, 2017 2:43 PM CST
Here is a picture of my rose bush that I got from a big box store back in maybe 2010. This was taken in July 2012. It did great for several years and then one harsh winter it must have froze because the next spring it did not come back. I left the dead branches for a year then I cut the branches and left the trunk for several more years.
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Then last spring I noticed a branch growing. It grew good all year but did not bloom. This spring I was very surprised to see these red blossoms on the one long branch. Is this normal for roses to change color and size of blooms? We live in the country and have no close neighbors.


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Name: Amanda
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pepper23
Jun 11, 2017 3:18 PM CST
You bought a rose that was grafted. The rootstock is Dr. Huey and the top growth was the rose you wanted. If we have a really harsh winter they will usually die back to the graft so only the rootstock is alive and not the rose you wanted. It is totally up to you as for whether to keep it or not. Some people like the rootstock and some people don't. Smiling
Name: Paul
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Paul2032
Jun 11, 2017 3:25 PM CST
Hi Jeanne.....many roses including the Hybrid Teas and Grandifloras are grafted on a root stalk to make them grow stronger. One of the root stalks is called Dr. Huey and it looks like the stump which was left after pruning was below the graft and you now have Dr. Huey, the red rose. Most of us who grow roses experience this at on time of another. Time to try again.
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porkpal
Jun 11, 2017 6:15 PM CST
Some of us have grown quite fond of Dr Huey.
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Name: Jeanne
Lansing, Iowa (Zone 5a)
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gardenglassgems
Jun 11, 2017 8:12 PM CST
Thank you so much for explaining this to me. I think I will just let Dr. Huey go and see what he does.
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