Roses forum: Can rose plants get too old?

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Oct 1, 2018 9:01 AM CST
I have a very old garden that has been looked after by many generations of my husband's family. My rose patch is so sad! It has rust and black spot. This year I had very few flowers and they were dead before they fully blossomed. I haven't been able to get out to the garden for some years due to ill health. These shrubs mean a lot to us. Help!!!!
Name: Mindi Hammerstone
Tracy, CA (Zone 9b)
Dog Lover Dragonflies
Oct 1, 2018 9:28 AM CST
Pictures? It will help for people to better help you. We understand about how much the plants must mean to you.

Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Oct 1, 2018 10:12 AM CST

Are your rose plants grafted? Or self rooted?
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

Coastal Southern California (Zone 13a)
Oct 1, 2018 1:44 PM CST
Rose plants don't get "too old" but years of neglect can leave them with old, worn-out canes that have become unable to push up new growth -- but photos will give us some idea what you have to work with.

It would also be helpful to know how cold your winters are, and how warm your summers -- general climate, you know? (You are in County Down, Ireland?)
Oct 4, 2018 1:39 PM CST
Thank you so much for your replies. I was delighted. I will definitely take some pictures for you to see. As for our weather...we are very near the sea so we don't experience too many hard frosts. Thank You!
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
Oct 9, 2018 10:59 AM CST
Rose plants get some diseases that are like a cancer, they slowly kill the plant and cannot be eliminated.
Lack of care speeds up the end by a great degree.
Hire some one, or find a friend to spray your roses with a biological spray for rust and black spot.
Take a wet/dry shop vac and suck up the old leaves then drench it in the fall to reduce infections next year.
I am going to drench my roses this year with Oxidate before I cover/bury them for winter even though Black Spot and other diseases were not much of a problem this year.

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