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<new2roses>
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posted February 08, 2004 01:00 PM           Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
i have a problem...i am trying to get these roses in what was once a "rose garden" back to their healthy state. about 4 years ago they were flourishing, but we had our roof replaced and they needed somewhere to set up the supplies they were using. so they said they needed to "trim back" the roses to make space. well they cut them completely down to their rootstock, and they haven't been the same since. granted, we expected them to come back and be the same they were with litte to no work, but that just isn't the case. a few stocks grew back and got very tall and spindly, and really only produced one flower. i pruned them all back today to about a foot high, and every cut was made to about 1/4 inch above a "bud". i am hoping that what i did was correct, and i am hoping that someone here can give me advice on how to go about feeding them, and WHAT/WHEN i should feed them to get them back on their "feet". i live in san diego, california...if that is any help at all in determining what i need to do. i would greatly appreciate some help, and advice in this matter. thank you ever so kindly.
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posted February 11, 2004 09:09 PM           Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Now is the time in S.D. to promote new growth. It would beinteresting to see what types of roses show up after being cut back all the way to the root ball. You may get different roses than what you had before. If you live in the coastal areas like P.B. or O.B. or L.J. or North Co. coastal, beware of molds and mildew from the cooler ocean breezes. Inland areas do get hotter during the summers, so be attentive to watering. Any good rose fertilizer will be very good right now for the new growth. Follow the instructions regarding useage. Also beware of aphids that will attack the new growth. These little buggers do a lot of damage to new growth. I use Bayer's Advanced Garden systemic rose and flower care every month and a half. It's easy to use, and works well in promoting growth and controling those pesky critters. Be careful in how you handle it. This product can be found at any Home Depot or garden center. One of the keys to pruning that I have found is to prune just above a leaflet that has five leaves on it. Prune the cane so that the new eye faces outward. Always cut at an slant about an inch and a half above the new eye. If the cane is a large one, I put Elmers glue on the cut to protect it. As far a molds and mildews, I use a product called Funginex. Follow the label's instuctions. I wish you the best of luck and many blooms.
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