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bapw163bapw163 Posts: 40
Hello, I planted this climbing rose last year and it's grown quite well but I have noticed recently the leaves aren't looking too healthy. Pics attached. I wonder if anyone knows what I'm doing wrong. Any help gratefully received 

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  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,772
    Have you fed it? Roses in pots need a lot more feeding and watering than roses in the ground. It looks hungry and not very well, signs of blackspot. When roses are well fed and watered they stay healthier.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • bapw163bapw163 Posts: 40
    No I haven't fed it and I wonder if I haven't watered enough. It's hard to know. Is blackspot a sign of lack of water? Is that the yellow leaves too? I shall feed it immediately.  Thank you for the reply.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,772
    If you feed a rose you must water it too. It needs the water to feed. Yellow leaves can be a sign of hunger. If you bought it last year and haven't fed it then it must be starving.
    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • PlantmindedPlantminded Posts: 3,434
    In addition to the advice given above, just check that your pot is raised above the ground to ensure good drainage.  Although they like lots of water, like many plants roses don't like to be waterlogged.  You could also use seaweed extract as a foliar feed on your rose to help it recover as it acts as a tonic to build up disease resistance.  Don't use it now if you have already fed your plant but in about six weeks' time.  I regularly use it as a foliar feed on plants that are looking a bit off colour as well as when watering plants in containers.
    Wirral. Sandy, free draining soil.


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