Sunday, February 6, 2011

Replacing A Rose Plant

John Kennedy Rose
Photo By White Swan Properties
Replacing a rose plant with another rose plant can be pretty tricky. For some unknown reason these new rose plantings often fail to thrive and many wither and die. The rose experts have termed this phenomena “soil exhaustion” or “Rose Sickness”. Although the exact reason still remains unclear the experts do have several theories regarding this occurrence:

1. Some experts believe that the rose roots excrete some sort of toxin that can inhibit the growth of the roots of other roses.

2. Others hold that decaying rose roots emit a poisonous toxin.

3. Still others suggest that the remaining roots of the original rose plant leave behind a network of tunnels as they decay. The roots of the new rose, taking the path of least resistance, grow into these tunnels, thereby failing to make contact with the soil and with the microbes in the soil.

Recommendations:

• My personal recommendation to anyone wanting to replace a rose plant with another rose plant is to first remove all of the soil  that surrounded the rose plant. Depending upon the age of the rose being removed, this could mean digging out anywhere from a 1’ hole to a 3’ hole. On average though a 2’ wide by 2’ deep hole will probably suffice.

• When removing this soil do not merely spread the excess soil around the area. It should be removed to an entirely different garden location that does not grow roses.

• Use new soil and compost to refill the hole and plant your new rose according to the grower’s specifications.

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