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Sierra Vista Az
Jun 24, 2017 3:50 PM CST
I have a rose bush that I cut back in the winter and it has filled out nicely but nevers has blooms. This the second year we have lived here and nothing.All the other bushes have blooms. Attached is a picture.

Thanks for any input
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Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
Garden Ideas: Level 1 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Jun 24, 2017 4:32 PM CST
Did you plant the rose ? or did you inherit the plant when you bought your home ?

I am guessing your answer will be that you inherited the plant. If that is true, there was probably another rose budded to the rootstock 'Dr. Huey' and the budded rose died and you are now growing the rootstock.

Dr. Huey is a once bloomer that blooms on old wood. If you prune it in winter, you have just removed all of the wood that would produce blooms this season ... Smiling The net result, the plant will not bloom this season.

If you don't prune it in winter, you should see blooms that look like this in spring:

I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
Jun 24, 2017 4:56 PM CST
What Lyn said would be true of any once blooming rose, of which there are many. Try skipping the pruning and see what happens.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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Jun 24, 2017 5:18 PM CST
Judging by all the somewhat different growth around the base of that bush, I would go with Lyn. What ever was grafted on it, Dr. Huey has taken over, but it doesn't bloom on "old" growth here. My neighbors across the driveway have what WAS a beautiful (though disease prone) Double Delight that is in the process of being taken over by Dr. Huey, and it blooms on pencil thin suckers. I have tried to explain it, but I don't speak Chinese and they aren't gardeners. Sighing!

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