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May 5, 2018 8:30 AM CST

Do I have a chance for these to come back this summer? They are knockout red roses. I'm new to roses and got these last year and didn't properly care for them after summer. Should I toss them or cut them down? Help!! Smiling
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May 5, 2018 8:49 AM CST
Name: Amanda
KC metro area, Missouri (Zone 6a)
Bookworm Cat Lover Dog Lover Region: Missouri Native Plants and Wildflowers Roses
Region: United States of America Zinnias Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Most likely it's dead but do a little finger digging in the soil and see if you see any fine white roots in there. If you don't see any white roots then it's definitely dead. I kept a miniature rose in a pot this past winter and I thought it would live but the late freezes we kept having killed it.
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May 5, 2018 9:26 AM CST

Thanks pepper23! Hopefully I'll find some roots but your probably rite, their most likely dead! Sad
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May 5, 2018 10:13 AM CST
Name: Frank Mosher
Nova Scotia, Canada (Zone 6a)
Birds Region: Canadian Clematis Lilies Peonies Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Roses Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Photo Contest Winner: 2017
Jennifer11203: Welcome! I am the last person to throw a suspected "diseased/dead" rose away, even have a special "Rose Hospital Bed" for roses that I am not certain of their status. In this case, however, my humble opinion is as such: If you are depending on this rose coming back to life, you really won't know for at least a couple of months, and from what I see, if at all? It would be a sin to wait that long, for perhaps nothing, or one cane or two? Just turf it! Buy yourself a new rose. Check Wallymart, Lowes. Home Depot, all around $10. ea. Enjoy a beautiful rose in a pot this Spring/Summer! If you buy one now, it will have time to settle and start to set up a root structure that should reward you with beautiful blooms, perhaps scent as well, for the start of Summer! Cheers!
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May 5, 2018 10:30 AM CST

Thanks Frank! It kills me to throw it out but it's most likely not coming back. I actually bought a proven winner oso lemon rose. Hopefully they grow well and I get lots of beautiful roses 🌹:)
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May 7, 2018 9:12 AM CST
Name: Steve
Prescott, AZ (Zone 7b)
Irises Lilies Roses Region: Southwest Gardening
We've all lost some roses, Jennifer. I'm glad to hear that you found a good replacement.
When you dance with nature, try not to step on her toes.
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May 7, 2018 8:51 PM CST

Thanks Steve!
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May 9, 2018 7:52 AM CST

Are any of the canes green? If you cut into the canes - green or brown?

If you still have green canes, you still have life. Then the question is - do you feel like nursing them back, or is it not worth it.

If not worth it, toss them without another thought. But, if you have green, and are curious about bringing a rose back from near death - it's amazing what some water will do!
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May 16, 2018 3:26 PM CST
Name: Donna Marshall
Texas, USA
Keeper of Poultry Roses Region: Texas
found a little rose in a pot in the dumpster not long ago . Felt sorry for it and took it home it started new growth right after watering it and putting it in the ground...today it is full of blooms....I am always taking in half dead plants...its a disease...something of a plant hoarder I think.
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