My Sad Tess of the d'Urbervilles
Hello everyone! I told myself that my first post on here would not be pleading for help... and here I am pleading away. Not only am I a newbie to this amazing forum, but a newbie to home ownership and a newbie to roses. I live in northeastern Massachusetts which, depending on the site, is zone 5 or 6.
The reason I'm posting is to try and get some answers to what I did to my poor Tess. I bought this beautiful rose from a reputable nursery in late spring. She had a mild case of what I'm assuming is black spot from what I've been reading here on this website. I have sprayed and the BS seemed to be under control. I planted her in a large pot with good drainage and planting soil. She is placed on my front steps and gets morning sun (at least 6 hours). She blooms like crazy. Each bloom is very short lived, only about 2-3 days. From what I have read, this is normal. My issue is this, over the past few weeks all the leaves on the bottom of the plant have curled up, turned yellow, then brown and fell off. I water every 3 or so days unless we've received significant rainfall. She continues to bloom and shoot out new canes, yet can not hold her leaves.
Help please!! Please let me know if I left out an information you might need :)
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