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Golden wedding rose

howlett28howlett28 Posts: 5
edited May 2018 in Problem solving
I have had  a golden wedding standard rose for 3 years, this year instead of the yellow flowers i have much smaller white ones. As this was a present for my golden wedding i would like to get the proper flowers back. Can anyone help?


  • The Bald GardenerThe Bald Gardener South West ScotlandPosts: 212
    You also have a load of unwanted emails arriving as well I'd reckon.  ;)

    Sorry I cant help with your problem, but did you mean to post your email my friend?
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,170
    Have you pruned it down so low that you only have rootstock left? If you cut it off below the grafting point, you are getting the flowers of the wild type rootstock.
    You don't stop doing new things because you get old, you get old because you stop doing new things. <3
  • howlett28howlett28 Posts: 5
    Hello, thanks for the reply, i have not pruned it at all other than cutting off dead flowers.
  • MarlorenaMarlorena East AngliaPosts: 6,815
    Need to see a photo, but like fidgetbones says, what you have there sounds like rootstock [rosa corymbifera 'laxa'] has taken over...   are there any thorns on the cane with the white flowers?...
  • howlett28howlett28 Posts: 5
    Thanks for the interest,  there are no thorns on the flower stems,  there are some small thorns on the leaves which have 5 leaves.
  • MarlorenaMarlorena East AngliaPosts: 6,815
    Yes sounds like 'laxa' to me... you need to yank those canes off right back to the main trunk.  Your original rose may still be alive, and this will allow it to start growing again.  Once the rootstock takes over the cultivar rose 'Golden Wedding' will gradually die off if action is not taken to stop the rootstock..
  • howlett28howlett28 Posts: 5
    Thanks for that,  i will get to it right away. 
  • howlett28howlett28 Posts: 5
    Removed all stems with small white flowers, lightly pruned the rest and now have six nice buds just opening and they are yellow. Many thanks to all who gave advice.
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