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new growth all crinkly

Posted by bebba1 NorCal (My Page) on
Sat, Aug 17, 13 at 21:38

ALL the new growth on virtually ALL my roses is (I think) a darker red than it ought to be, somewhat smaller, and CRINKLY. ???? Clues: 1) this is the first growth after fertilizing with Maxsea about six weeks ago, so it may have been too much nitrogen and 2) we did have a spell of 10 days or so of unusually cool weather about a month ago. I've just cut most of it off--just sacrificed it, hoping for better luck on the next crop. But: explanations?

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RE: new growth all crinkly

Photos might have helped.

You may have sacrificed this new growth needlessly.


RE: new growth all crinkly

  • Posted by hoovb z9 Southern CA (My Page) on
    Sun, Aug 18, 13 at 18:27

what Jeri said.

RE: new growth all crinkly

I forgot to add that the new growth was unusually soft and water-filled--much more than ordinary new growth--and that the few leaves there were were small and VERY far apart--like, three tiny leaflets on 15" of growth. Does that change things at all?

RE: new growth all crinkly

You can't reverse time and change having cut it off, but if it had been me, I would have waited. Alot of times when my roses put out new growth, it will look red, kind of limp and different from the rest of the bush. Sometimes that just happens.. Dont worry though, it will grow back.

RE: new growth all crinkly

  • Posted by seil z6b MI (My Page) on
    Mon, Aug 19, 13 at 16:46

You should have posted pics before cutting it all off. It sounds to me like it was probably just normal new growth. All roses have their own look when they produce new growth. Much of it is red and soft until it has time to mature. That's why they call it "hardening off" when it matures. New leaves are often crinkled until they grow out and green up too. You need to be patient and observant to see how each of your roses grows normally so you'll know when something is different. And don't compare one variety to another. They all have different personalities.

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