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Rose garden suffering from "dry freeze" in April

Last post 05-15-2007 7:40 AM by Carol. 2 replies.
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  • 05-06-2007 2:39 PM

    • Carol
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    Rose garden suffering from "dry freeze" in April

    I have 6 Hybrid teas that my husband and I covered for about 6 nights in April.  Here in zone 6, we have had unusual weather this spring.  My roses were leafing out so nicely until the freeze.  Forecasters here called it a "dry freeze" and one article said not to cut back or fertilize plants.

    We have also had very dry weather, and I began watering the plants.  They are slowly leafing out, but not a great deal.  My question is:  should I be patient, or should I prune off the dead and maybe apply bone meal?

     Thanks for your advice.

  • 05-14-2007 1:38 PM In reply to

    • john
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    Re: Rose garden suffering from "dry freeze" in April

    I see no problem with pruning off the dead branches and I would definately keep them watered.

    Bonemeal will not hurt the rose because it is an organic supplement.

    Your rose should recover quite quickly now that May is here.

  • 05-15-2007 7:40 AM In reply to

    • Carol
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    Re: Rose garden suffering from "dry freeze" in April

    Thanks for the reply, John.  I pruned off the dead last Wednesday, and all but one plant seems to be making a comeback.  I plan to get some bonemeal next time I'm out.

     

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