Roses forum: Please help! planted for 2 years no growth

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Name: Amanda Charles
Weymouth-MA (Zone 6b)
Sep 26, 2017 11:28 AM CST
I bought this climbing rose bush in a container 2 years ago, planted it and it has had barely any growth, like maybe new scarce shoots that are 4 inches long tops. I decided id try to move it yesterday. So I moved it yesterday and the thick roots looked just like a tripod. My soil is a bit rocky and there were immense thick roots from some other plant running about 2-10 inches under the rose bush. I dug a 2 ft deep trench and replanted it, and I may have *Blush* snipped the very very tips of the thick roots because honestly at this point im trying to get some reaction from it. what do I DO?????
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now different rose bush ( problem plant number 2)- bought the house 3 years ago and it came with it, giving only about 3-4 flowers per year. it was planted in a container and the container was in the ground buried. This year I finally decided to take it out thinking the container was keeping it from growing and becoming bushy. the container once removed had no bottom. What do I do about this second bush to make it grow, become bushier?

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Sydney, Australia (Zone 10b)
Sep 26, 2017 5:22 PM CST
First one looks dead to me but I don't buy a lot of grafted roses so not 100% sure.

Composted cow manure would probably help the soil situation for the second one. Also remove the hip if you aren't intending to grow the seeds (just a waste of energy to let them ripen)
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Name: Steve
Prescott, AZ (Zone 7b)
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Oct 1, 2017 9:58 AM CST
I agree.

You might also want to remove the virginia creeper from the second one. That vining plant will look good clambering all over the fence where it will likely turn red in the fall, but even that might not be a good idea unless the rose is almost directly south of the fence.
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Name: Angie
East Providence Rhode Island (Zone 6b)
Oct 21, 2017 3:31 PM CST
I agree that the rose in your first picture looks dead. If there is no green growth, then I wouldn't waste time on it. There's no way to bring it back. I'd dig it up and discard it.
In your second photo the rose has very spindly growth which I would prune down. Also prune off any dead wood near the base of the plant. You do have growth near the crown of the plant which is good news. I would hill the rose up with compost or manure (we use horse manure) after the weather gets cold enough to add winter protection here in New England. We're in RI and we've been having warm weather, so don't winter protect until the weather gets colder.
Do you fertilize the rose during the growing season? That will help for next year.
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Feb 5, 2018 10:33 AM CST
I agree with RIrose. Is the 2nd rose planted where it gets 6 hours of sun per day? Most roses needs 6 hours of sun. Definitely take the Virginia creeper away. You do not want it competing with the rose bush.
Name: Frank Mosher
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Feb 6, 2018 7:51 PM CST
I believe the problem is lack of Sun as others have suggested. I also am of the opinion that your "Virginia Creeper " SHOULD BE TOTALLY ERRADICATED IF YOU POSSIBLY CAN! They will grow horizontally on the ground, for literally miles, in all directions as they put down roots every three or four feet, and then spur shoots from those rooted joints, and on and on! True! If you hate someone - give them a "Virginia Creeper". Cheers!
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Feb 16, 2018 12:40 AM CST


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Feb 16, 2018 7:12 AM CST
I hope she has not given up on roses - or us - altogether.

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