Hi again Hyper! Hi Deb!,
How's your rose
doing nowadays? there is a beetle (sort of goldenish in colour) which loves to eat rose
buds out, nevertheless, it doesn't suck up the stem as it appears in your pics. Even more, the bud will keep looking healthy until the bud's almost all eaten up from the inside... you wouldn't notice the bug until you open it by suspect.
So, I insist, there is a excess of heat, being it through the window as Deb's mentioned or as I explained before.
If you are planning to plant
, make sure, there's no risk of frost in your location. Before transplanting, remove all damaged stems, leaves, dead flower
heads and dead buds. Place the pot inside a bucket as I recommended you. Leave to soak for a while (1 hour?).
Meanwhile, dig a 25-35 cms diam planting hole. Calculate depth by the height of the pot where the plant
is now. If you don't have good garden soil, add some planting soil mix or organic compost to the hole...let's say half-new-soil and half-the hole's own soil. Add some slow-release fertilizer if you prefer. Take the plant
off the pot, by gently pulling it out of the pot from the central stems. Remember, not to pull very strong as you can damage the root ball. Instead, turn the pot horizontal, tap over the bottom, or gently "squeeze" the pot if is one of those soft plastic ones, in order to loose the soil from the inside surface of the pot.
Now, place the plant
well centered inside the hole you digged. Re-fill it with the mixed soil you've already prepared.
Try to keep the "bud union" (where the main stems were grafted to the rootstock, not the rose
bud!) about half-an-inch below the actual grown level. Rake the soil around the rose
, do not over compact. Rather, water, then top up again until the soil accomodates inside the hole to level with the ground.
Now. What about watering once it is planted outside. roses
do stand full sunlight. actually they prefer a well-iluminated areas than shadowed ones. But watering must be done after the sun is down or well before sunrise. I used to have a rose
garden in my previuos home, and I preferred to water after 5 pm or even during the night. A thorough watering. Then it won't matter if the foliage gets soaked. It will have time to dry before the sun is up!
You can plan two waterings...one during the night or after you arrive in after work. and one very early in the morning without splashing the leaves. It is up to you and your working schedule anyway.
One last remark. rose
buds and flowers
will get any sort of damage if you insist watering over them...you know, there are some plants
that need and like humid environments. roses
OK, I guess it's been too much info for a short message!
he he he he!!!