Roses Quite Contrary

I think I need to develop a new flower love. One that at least tries to reciprocate.

I adore roses, especially the old English roses with millions of petals and loads of scent. The colors are beautiful, the form charming, and if a rosebush is happy it just grows and grows and grows.

My poor little rosebush is not happy, and I don’t know what to do to help it.

This is it, a Queen Elizabeth tea rose, right after transplanting into the pot.

Aphids attacked it as it tried to set it’s first bloom. I managed to get rid of them with some soapy water spray, and cut this bud off to let it have a little more energy.

Then black spot set in. A spray of a little soap and baking soda in water seemed to help check it.

Now some dreadful invisible something or other is putting tiny holes in all the leaves. It is so terribly sad.

I am honestly clueless. I thought for awhile the failure to thrive was due to too much water, but that didn’t seem to help either. Poor little thing did bloom, but it was such a sad, dilapidated looking flower.

Maybe roses just aren’t my thing. Maybe they just don’t do well in pots. Maybe it needs a soil amendment or some fertilizer. I don’t know! I don’t remember ever having trouble with roses like this at my mom’s house so I’m really at a loss. I don’t want my rose to die. If anyone has suggestions, please feel free. 😦


4 thoughts on “Roses Quite Contrary

  1. Don’t give up! Roses are very resilient and this one will bounce back. We use manure teas on our roses (100+) growing in pots and in the ground and it works wonders to make for a healthy root system and in turn a beautiful rose. check out or just go to your local home center and ask for composted manure. odorless brew it in a bucket and water your plants with it… Hope this helps… Don’t give up on roses!


    • Thank you for the link and the encouragement! This rose is very special to me (the original was given to me and planted when I was about 7 years old), so I would be very sad to lose it. I will give the manure tea a try!


  2. Good morning, thank you for stopping by my blog. We have had trouble with a rose and after years of trying to make it do “it’s thing”, we gave up and replaced it with a Rose of Sharon. Not a favorite of mine. Mind you, after about 5 years of a less then stellar Rose of Sharon, suddenly the former inhabitant of this spot, the pink rose started to come up in full force blooming away like no other could. Go figure.
    Put her in the ground if she wants to live, she will


    • Huh, isn’t that funny. Plants really do have a mind of their own! And people wonder why I talk to mine. 😉 I wish I could put my rose in the ground, but I live in an apartment so it’s the pot or nothing. 😦


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