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Michaelg or anyone that has Carefree Sunshine...

Posted by jim1961 6a Central Pa. (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 7, 14 at 12:02


I'm just trying to figure out these Carefree Sunshine rose bushes.

Both planted as bands in May of 2013. They grew and bloomed ok (not great) that first season. Then we had this past years bad winter which winterkilled most of their growth.

They are both growing back half decent this year but not blooming well at all. One CS has had 4 blooms so far and I see 2 more buds on the bush. The other CS has not bloomed at all yet (0) and I see no buds yet.

I gave them both approx 1 cup of Alfalfa Meal 2-1-2 in Mid May.
And I placed homemade compost over their root systems after applying the Alfalfa Meal.

I did not give Alfalfa Meal to any other rose bush but they all got compost over their roots and they are all blooming very well!

SO do you think the Alfalfa Meal affected their blooming?

OR is this a rose that wants to lay down a good root stytem before blooming well?

These are both own-root CS roses...

Thanks for all replies!

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RE: Michaelg or anyone that has Carefree Sunshine...

  • Posted by seil z6b MI (My Page) on
    Mon, Jul 7, 14 at 15:53

It was a bad winter. You were able to see how much damage there was on the top growth but there is no way of knowing how much root damage they sustained below ground. They may just be spending their energy regrowing their root ball to a big enough size to produce more blooms. This season is going to be a rebuilding year for a lot of roses.

RE: Michaelg or anyone that has Carefree Sunshine...

A cup of alfalfa wouldn't hurt anything.

14 months from a band isn't much time, especially with winter damage thrown in. Incidentally it should be cane hardy in your average Pennsylvania winter. I don't have any suggestions other than patience. It's one of the best roses I've grown.

RE: Michaelg or anyone that has Carefree Sunshine...

That could be Seil and Michaelg. I have another type of rose bush planted in between the two Carefree Sunshines and it is blooming up a storm. I have flowers in that area but not to close that they would interfere with either CS and the flowers are growing and blooming good also.

I'll try to be Thanks!

Most of the bands I've planted bloomed very well the second year so it threw me off base when these two are hardly blooming at all...

This post was edited by jim1961 on Mon, Jul 7, 14 at 17:14

RE: Michaelg or anyone that has Carefree Sunshine...

I just realized after looking on HMF at my Carefree Sunshine pictures that I planted both our CS mid to latter July of 2013... So they were planted later than I thought.

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