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Rose bud issue

Posted: Wed May 28, 2014 4:12 pm
by Wanda
I have a large, old timey, pink, very fragrant, bloom-once-in-Spring rose bush. It is very hardy although I did have to prune out many dead stems after Winter finally finished with it. It has many blooms but this year (and this has happened frequently in the past) many of the tiny little buds turn yellowish and will drop off if touched lightly. There seem to be more than usual this time around. Is wet weather causing this? Disease? I see no pests. The leaves are healthy and the blooms that have come are lovely. Any thoughts? Thanks!

Re: Rose bud issue

Posted: Wed Jun 04, 2014 6:02 pm
by lorijones
This is probably weather related since the leaves are healthy and it has not affected all the blooms. It doesn't sound like an insect or disease problem because you aren't seeing any other signs and the rose seems healthy otherwise. My guess is that the wet weather may be the cause. Overwatering can cause bud drop in many plants and excess rainfall can lead to the same problems. Some of the buds may also have been damaged by the late frosts we had in April and May.

If your rose continues to be healthy, I'm sure it will be fine. However, I would feed it with Espoma Rose-tone according to the label directions, if you haven't already done so this spring, .