Category: Pruning Roses Questions and Answers
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9 Responses to “What does a rose bush need when it just grows tall but no roses or bud and when do you prune them in so. ca?”
Prune roses all year long during growing season. Once a bloom fades, cut it off back about 5 leaves or so…keep the plant managable. Feed it with rose food and addtional iron if necessary, but NOT at the same time…IF the roses get full sun, are in open places for plenty of breeze, they do fine here. IF your roses are a mess now, prune back to about 12″ from ground, leaving only 4-5 main canes…once the growth season starts again (soon), they will shoot up just fine. Blooms only occur on the new growth ends of the plant, whether tea or floribuna. Once you have pruned the rose, make sure that all remaining canes are coming from ABOVE the graft bulb, not from below (the roots)…Roots of most roses are wild roses, the good rose is grafted to these roots and is above this “bulb.”
prune your rose bushes in the spring. Buy some Miracle Grow. Mix some up in a bucket. Pour the Miracle Grow on your rose bushes. Also, put coffee grounds, after making coffee, on top of the dirt under the rose bushes.
I think you are overfeeding the plant… I would not give it any more nutrients.. also did you check to see if the rose bush is a climbing variety?…I had one that grew and did not give many flowers, but started to grow and became a climber, and flowered abundantly…. I don’t prune it much unless I want to change the direction of it’s growth.
I would have a soil test done to check your amounts of HPK and your ph but i think it may have too much nitrogen i could be wrong that is why we have our rose soil tested every 3 years i hope this helps.
It might be getting too much nitrogen. Nitrogen causes plants to grow leaves, not flowers.
It could also be that it died back to the graft. They use a wild rose for root stock and sometimes the hybrid graft will die and the rose comes up from the root stock. Those wild roses will grow very tall and produce much smaller roses and fewer flowers. I am guessing this is what you are seeing.
It is time for a new plant I would bet. I have one in my front yard I need to replace now. It was a “dwarf” plant that died back and last year sent up shoots four feet tall. lol.
one of my clients had the same dilemma. It sounds like the same problem. roses need 8 hours of sun to form proper bud formation. if your roses are in the shade, they will not bloom.try moving the bush to a full sun area.The pruning info previously answered is correct. 5th leave at an angle cut on outside leaves will prmote bushier plants.
Some breeds of roses produce flowers on last years growth. This would be the part that looks like wood. Other breeds of roses may produce flowers on this years growth. The part of the stem that is still shiny and green.
When you prune depends on what type of rose you have. I had a rose bush that did not produce for years after we moved in. As it turned out I did some checking around with people on line. I was told to take the blood from hamburger or roast beef and mix it with water, then pour on the roots of the bush. I did, and it was soon loaded with roses.
well i live in michigan so my info will be a little bit different than what you are looking for but you can easily adapt it! I cut my roses back in springtime, i mean hack the crap out of them. and every year i get gorgeous blooms. i have one rose that was at the house when we bought it and it is a gorgeous shrub rose and if i don’t hack the crap out of it, it will not bloom. it gets 9 foot tall spires if i take care of it, it’s a beast i tell you! now, i take dried out egg shells and put them in the blender to make a shell powder and i sprinkle that on them in the spring time and then just feed with miracle grow’s rose food. now to adapt it to southern cali, i would say about february, you could start trimming it back and fertilize it. i usually do mine at the end of march when the most of the snow has melted and don’t fertilize till april, but your winters are so much more mild that you could really prune at the end of january and fertilize middle of february! good luck i hope that helped.
Many of your answerers are right or almost right. It may not be so much that you have too much nitrogen as it is that your nitrogen – phosphorus proportions are off. Blooming plants do best with a fertilizer in which the nitrogen (the first number on the back of the bag) is less than half of the phosphorus (the second number). If we are right that you have too much nitrogen in proportion to the phosporus, You may need to use only a mostly-phosphorus fertilizer like Bone Meal to rebalance things in favor of blooms. As others said, pruning is important too, to get and keep your rose from blooming. And some roses also only bloom for three or four weeks in springtime, and then do not bloom at all the rest of the year.
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