Belinda's Dream: Do you feed yours?
I'm new to roses other than a few Knockouts and Drifts, but I planted three 2 gallon Belinda's Dream late last summer that I found marked down at Home Depot (yes, not the greatest start). I got a decent flush of blooms in the fall --but nothing crazy floriferous-- but was just happy they were healthy and settling in well. This year's performance has been OK but nothing as abundant as others describe. One big flush once the weather hit 80 degrees and another smaller one six weeks later. Only three or four flowers since. Right now i have two but these are tiny... like a quarter of the normal bloom size. Should I be applying something like MG rose food?
The repeat blooms have only come after i finally got tired of waiting and pruned them a little. Is that standard operating procedure? Also I have several tall green stems that I can't find any bud eyes on. Any advice would be much appreciated!