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Location: northeast Nebraska
Posted: Mar/19/2008 5:48 PM PST
I have a nice sized garden in NE that was here when we bought the place ten years ago. The soil had been amended quite a bit as the previous owner was a daylily freak, (well I am too kinda) ...anyway, I have never had luck with roses in this garden. They all grow ENORMOUSLY large but, I get no blooms. And as you know, a rose with no blooms is kinda not worth the effort.
Has anyone ever this problem with roses? I plan on having the soil checked, just thought someone may have had the same problem!
I should add that the garden is in full sun for about 7 hours a day. I raised teas in my last home, so I do know a bit about them.
Location: west allis wisconsin
Posted: Mar/19/2008 7:47 PM PST
It sounds like you have enough sun, it could be too much competition from other plants or lack of fertilizer if the ground hasn't been amended since the last owner OR the bush has been there since the last owner, it is probably the latter. My suggestion would be to start a good feeding program. I would also go with your plan to have the soil tested. The third idea could just be as simple as cool springs and not a good enough pruning.
This spring, prune it back hard, start a good feeding regimin (sp?) and take a good look at it's space. If there are a lot of bulbs, it could be that they are getting all the minerals and not leaving any for the roses. Sorry if I am repeating myself here, it's been a long day.
Hope this helps.