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Help, have I killed rose!?

wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 967

I replanted a hybrid tea rose in the middle of it's blooming! In the storm two weeks ago, it had been lifted out of thte ground by the wind force and the rootball was hanging out. Actually it was never planted properly in the first place as the root ball has been always somewhat above ground level. It was bugging me so I dug it out and replanted it into a deeper hole in the same place.

It had one flower which had opened and this has now died. It had 5 buds which have now wilted. Do you think it can recover? I can't believe I did this, should have left it, really hope I haven't killed it! thing is last year I moved a rose in summer too, and that one was fine! More soil fell away from the root on today's though. I hope someone will say it will recover and carry on blooming. image

Last edited: 17 June 2017 23:43:36



  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,528

    Some of the roots will have been damaged so the plant cannot support all the foliage and flowers. Cut it back to give it a chance to recover and make sure it is watered well in this hot weather. It should be fine.

  • wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 967

    Thanks Ceres, is it okay to cut it back now? Just didn't realise roses were so delicate as they look so hardy.  Gave it good watering and I really hope it comes back to blooming this year.

  • I once read that the longest stem should be as long as the longest piece of root it has retained during the move.  Works for me. Cutting it back it the best treatment you can give it and once cut back enough continue to water and it will be fine for future years.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,168

    I agree ... Cut it back so the roots have less work to do ... It should recover just fine. With any luck you'll get more blooms later this summer and next year it'll be as if it had never been moved. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 967

    Sorry i managed to take a photo of my Troika rose - I am worried as it is still drooping - can I just cut it at the bottom of the drooping buds where it would have been eventually deadheaded as I am afraid to cut it any further when it is not even pruning season?


    Look how nice the one flower was - I took this right before my stupidity!


  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,379

    I would cut it so that it is half its current size.

    The roots need less work to do, especially in this heat. 

    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

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  • wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 967

    Eek, really? Hmm. Okay I will try to pluck up the courage to do that!!

  • I agree - cut it back by about a half and water it well.  If you are out all day make sure the rose shrub has some shade for the hottest part of the day - either a tree or large bush nearby perhaps.  Or ask someone to spray or water it during the day if you can arrange that Wakeshine.

  • wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 967

    Thanks all. This rose is at the front of the house so it gets sun in the late afternoon....but I can't shade it anymore as it's just there in the flowerbed by the driveway. I will get someone to spray it! I still can't bring myself to cut it down but will try.

  • MarlorenaMarlorena Posts: 8,358

    My advice would be a little different in that there is no need to shorten any of that growth, but what you do need to do is remove those flower buds straight away, they're no good now and it will give the plant time to recover.  You also need to water it every day with a full watering can for about the next 2 weeks... and do make sure the root is firmly planted...

    East Anglia, England
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