Cecile Brunner not leafing

AnnaMaApril 14, 2014

Hello - I have a climbing Cecile Brunner that I planted six years ago and has always grown alot and done well. This past winter we had a cold snap where it got down to zero for a few mornings and around 8F many mornings after that with temps not above 32F for two weeks with a foot of snow on the ground for that long. It doesn't usually get that cold here and at my elevation the snow normally doesn't last more than a day. Now my Brunner isn't leafing out like it normally does, only the top canes have leaves and the rest just a few leaves here and there. It does leaf and bloom later here than in California but it's always leafed out evenly. Is there anything I can do? Thank you.

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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

Just wait. Colder soil slows a plant down, and it was an odd winter most everywhere in the US. If the canes look okay, then once the soil warms up more, everything will be fine. :^)

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 10:29AM
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seil zone 6b MI

Listen to hoov and be patient. It's been a really nasty winter for us and the roses. The soil is taking much longer to warm than usual and the roots can't support new top growth until they can easily absorb and send water and nutrients up to keep it going. The larger the plant the more energy that takes and I'm betting your Cecile is a good size after six year. Make sure you prune off any dead cane or tip die back and then wait for the weather to catch things up.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2014 at 12:29PM
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I have a 15 year old specimen of Mlle. Cecile, large enough to hide a small house under. This year, 90% of the canes are dead, thanks to the Polar Vortex. What few canes survived, I will leave till after (IF) they flower and then cut the whole mess down and make it start over. I expect you will find you have to do the same. If it hasn't leafed out by now, its not likely going to. This rose doesn't tolerate temps as low as what we got this year.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2014 at 11:16AM
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