Rose Bush Not Going Dormant
This my Floribunda Rose Bush called Moment In Time, colour Red, grown from this year mid summer, It was a late planting and so I am a little concerned that all the leaves have not yet fallen. Although they have begun to brown and fall.
I don't know if I should pull them off and then trim the stems lightly or should I leave it to do it naturally.
If the leaves don't fall in time and it does not go dormant for most of the winter, will that prevent it flowering next year? Please could you let me know what you think, I live in London so it is also quite mild as you know compared to the rest of the country.
Here is a picture:
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Are you growing it in a very sheltered spot? If so the temperatures won't be cool enough yet to trigger dormancy and, in any case, some roses keep their leaves better than others.
Either way, just leave it be. Protect the pot if heavy frosts are forecast so the roots don't freeze. leave the plant alone until it's time to do the spring pruning in March. The RHS gives some good tips here:-
"We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
There is no relation between dormancy and flowering in roses. Even if it doesn't go dormant.....it will flower next year........
Is it indoors or out? The picture looks like a pot on a bench.
In the sticks near Peterborough
Thank you Obelixx, Vishu and Nutcutlet,
I appreciate your help very much, it is outdoors on the balcony and the spot is not really shaded but after 1 or 2 in the afternoon it isn't getting direct sun in summer.
In any case I will do as you say and leave it be.
Thanks very much once again, (I'll check the link you posted Obelixx, cheers.)
I have a floribunda rose "english miss" that still has 5 flower buds and one is ready to burst into flower I think the mild weather here recently has moved he flower buds along. I might it be flowering on Christmas Day.
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Me too, but I cut mine off never mind, hope you enjoy them.
Years ago Ma had a Peace HT rose in the garden which often bloomed for Christmas. In fact the Christmas dinner table didn't look right to me if there wasn't a rose in a little vase as a centrepiece.
Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.