Roses forum: Bonica Shrub Rose color changed on flowers

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(Zone 5b)
Jul 18, 2018 1:43 PM CST
End of May I planted Bonica Shrub Rose. I purchased this from Walmart; it was in bad shape, distressed. I pruned after planting and kept it wet for a week, once I started seeing new growth, cut down on water. Provided liquid fertilizer, 15-30-15 ½ gallon once a week.

Plant gets about 8 hours of sunlight the plant is healthy. Green leaves, but the leaves are small. It bloomed last week and all flowers are white. They should be pink. Also they are small probably 1 inches across.

I am just puzzled why the leaves are small; flowers are small and in white.

June was abnormally hot, every day in 90"s

Any feedback will be appreciated.

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Coastal Southern California (Zone 13a)
Jul 18, 2018 4:52 PM CST
The blooms are small and white because it is bloody awful hot. The leaves are also probably small because the plant is highly stressed.

Fertilizing a newly-planted rose is contra-indicated. It is actually possible to kill a plant by doing that.

To be frank, if you want a really healthy plant, it's probably smartest to start out by buying a healthy plant that has been well-cared-for.

This plant may (or may not) recover. In my experience, even if it makes it, it may take 2-3 years to be a vigorous, healthy plant. To me, it wouldn't be worth it.

Anyhow, give the poor baby time. Leaves take a long time to build, and the ones you have now were produced by a plant in deep stress. It needs time, water, and time. And time.
[Last edited by jerijen - Jul 18, 2018 5:29 PM (+)]
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