Questions about former posters moved to Conversations

sammy zone 7 TulsaJune 29, 2014

We ought to use Conversations again. The moderators no doubt moved the post about former active members to the Conversations. I had a hard time finding it, but that is where it is.

More than likely this post should also move to Conversations, but it is also about roses. This past year was very hard on my roses, and the drought plus the freezes made almost all of my roses grow from the ground. Soon I must go around and start cutting the black "stakes", but then the rose will have nothing for support.

I need basal shoots that are strong and healthy. What do you do if anything to cause the brand new shoots? Fertilizer, fish emulsion are two things I am thinking of. Of course plenty of water will do it too.

Do you have any other suggestions?


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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

Remove 1 or 2 of the oldest canes right down to the base. At least in my garden, the rose then tends to replace them with new ones.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2014 at 11:43PM
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canadian_rose(zone 3a)

Alfalfa pellets (from farmers' co-ops are supposed to help promote basal growth. I do it every year - but this year - with all the cold and cold rain - mine don't have ANY new basal growth.

Good luck!

    Bookmark   June 30, 2014 at 2:47AM
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cecily(7 VA)

How much summer rain do you receive (in an average year, if there is such a thing...)? My roses have not had a single basal break this year and I'm definitely concerned but we don't get much summer rain and if I put down alfalfa now, the basals won't come until Sept/Oct which is kinda late to harden off before winter. I'm just going to water, water, water.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2014 at 8:06AM
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anntn6b(z6b TN)

Cecily's comment is really important for those of us with real cane-killing winters.

I've looked at pictures of my roses in 2013 and I've seen them this year, and the intervening winter did a real job on them. This year, grow/regrow the roots. Next year, the roots will grow the canes.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2014 at 8:13AM
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