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My roses are not growing much and the buds I do get are very small (too small)…Anyone know why?

I got new roses, and there are others that overwintered and survived. So far both sets are faring rather poorly, not many shoots, relatively small blossoms and buds. I did fertilize them and water them regularly… we’re up north here near Chicago, so it’s been a sunny summer…though they are rather in the shade. Whatcha think? Why aren’t I getting any big beautiful roses?

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11 Responses to “My roses are not growing much and the buds I do get are very small (too small)…Anyone know why?”

  1. Scotti L on April 20th, 2010 6:39 pm

    dunno

  2. iLoveJBS on April 20th, 2010 7:13 pm

    haha. This sounds like you’re talking about breasts. no offense. not trying to be rude.

  3. skeester63 on April 20th, 2010 7:36 pm

    You have to trim them. Check and see where the stem has 5 leaves, and trim there. The rest is sucking the life juice out of the rose, and it doesn’t have enough jusice to give you that big beautiful rose. Something my Dad taught me about a million years ago.

  4. yeshura on April 20th, 2010 8:13 pm

    Try to make your soil richer try putting apple peeling in the soil sometimes that helps.

  5. Jeffrey on April 20th, 2010 8:15 pm

    Roses need full sun, needs to be heavily pruned each year and are heavy feeders. Sounds like the shade is most likely your problem.

    GOOD LUCK!

  6. Kris L on April 20th, 2010 9:01 pm

    Go to all of your neighbors and offer to haul away all of their barbecue ashes … and do so … and spread those ashes around the roots of your roses, and water them in well. Your roses will not just ‘perk up’ … they’ll start to get bigger, and better smelling blooms. I suppose you could use fireplace ashes too … your neighbors may think you are ‘weird’ until YOUR roses will be the best in the neighborhood … then next year they may want to keep all those ashes for themselves.
    It SOUNDS as though your roses are ‘properly planted’ so really all you need to do is to add those ashes … but next year, plant radishes between the rose bushes, too … for some reason, the radishes also keep aphids away … but they are like those ashes … you’ll get HUGE, BEAUTIFUL, WONDERFUL SMELLING roses.

  7. Peaceful Waters on April 20th, 2010 9:31 pm

    have you checked for aphids?

  8. Fran J on April 20th, 2010 9:39 pm

    roses like a lot of sun. are you sure you do not have a mini rose bush. they produce small flowers. also if you do not cut them right. they will not get the blossoms you want. you have to cut them at a 45 degree angle. at the first five leaf. not four its got to be the stem with five leaves. just keep fertilizing them in the winter cut them down to about two feet or three feet above the ground put leaves all around the base of the flowers and try to cover them with a garbage can with holes in it or a rose cone cover you can buy at a hardware store or walmart,homedepot,ormanards

  9. John M on April 20th, 2010 9:39 pm

    Well as has been said there are things you can do but this time of year they just don’t want to produce that many roses. Spring is really their time.

    To get them to bloom continuously you have to cut the dead roses off so they don’t go to seed.

    If the rose senses it does not have flowers turning into seed pods than it will push up new roses so it can get those seed pods. That’s the mission of the plant. If you let it go to seed it will stop flowering.

    Someone told me to go down the stem of the dead rose to a leaf branch with 5 leaves. You will see a leaf branch with three leaves.

    Cut at the 5 leaf branch. I don’t know if that works but its worth a try.

    Also keep watering it. Water daily or better at night so the water does not evaporate immediately and bush has all night to soak it up.

    Also give the bush more fertilizer than what it says on the box. I give mine twice as much.

  10. Inquistive on April 20th, 2010 9:45 pm

    I live near Chicago and my roses bloomed and then stopped blooming; now they are forming new buds. Here is what I do:
    When the roses start to open, cut them and put them in water.
    This encourages the bush to produce more flowers. Also, they do need a lot of sun. When you water, water the dirt not the stems or the leaves, and never water at night. Water on the stems or leaves will cause the bush to rot or get bugs. The size of the flower depends on the type of rose you bought. If you want large roses then buy plants that produce large flowers.

  11. Jae on April 20th, 2010 9:48 pm

    need rose food

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