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Garden Therapy: Can You Help With This Rose?

TeamSugar member Davie_K wrote in, saying

Okay, my fiancè is the most romantic guy. He bought us a white rose bush for our place. The thing is, I know very little about roses and I can't even find out what this one is. It's called "princess snow" and it's a small tree with light green-colored foliage. It's been outside a couple of days and I'm worried that we're not looking after it properly. It's a white rose, as I said, with occasional pink spots and dark stamen. I'm not even sure if the foliage is supposed to be light green. Can someone help me out please? It's seriously deteriorating. ANY and ALL advice is greatly appreciated!

Your fiancè is indeed a romantic—and appropriate—gift giver, Davie_K, since white roses are traditionally thought of as the bridal rose. They also represent true love, purity, innocence, sympathy, and spirituality. But this symbolism doesn't really aid you in your question, does it?

To see my advice,

You say that your rose is outside, but I don't know if it's still in its container or in the ground. If you still need to plant it, dig a hole for your rose that's 2 ½ times the size of the root ball. It is a good idea to put some well-composted organic matter in the hole, and mix more composted matter with the soil that you removed. Take the rose plant out of the container and put it in the hole, packing dirt under and around the rose. Make sure to put a straight stick across the hole to see if the dirt level of the rose is the same as the ground level. If it's planted above or below ground level, it may have a difficult time growing properly.

Also, make sure to water thoroughly, but not in the heat of the day. Consider planting garlic or chives around the roses to aid their growth. And finally, since we're into autumn, your rose plant will want to hibernate for the season, so after the end of October, don't fertilize it anymore. It may drop leaves, but with some luck, it's just settling in for the hibernation season.

Anyone else have rose advice for Davie_K?

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veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
I LOve white roses!!
ducks ducks 9 years
Help Me Find for basic info: Garden Web for care info: A good modern white is Pope John Paul II. A bad one is JFK. I've had excellent luck with a variety of whites but there are quite a few disappointed gardeners out there.
JessNess JessNess 9 years
My mom always clips her roses back either before fall or winter...I forgot. But she does clip them back and they always grow back with twice as many flowers. Also look out for succulents which grow off of the main stem and take water away from the plant. You can always go to a nursery and ask questions and maybe pick up a another rose plant friend
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