Posted: 22/07/2013 at 11:38
Hi. My partner has a rose called Remember, a white/pale peach colour, that was bought when her grandmother died, and is very special to her.
It was bought from chain garden centre in late spring 2011 and at that time she tells me it was covered in flowers. When she moved in with me in spring last year the rose looked in a very sorry state - it had been pretty much left to it's own devices in the original garden centre plastic pot (which I thought was far too small), the root as were exposed and in my opinion there was far too much brown and not enough green! Her dog had also had a good chew in it. Let's just say she is not the greatest gardener - if a plant can survive on it's own, great, if it needs any attention it's days are numbered!
She was desperate to save it, and so around May last year I repotted it into a 14x14" ceramic pot in an attempt to save it. I cut it back to about 6" and put about 2" of sterilized broken pots in the bottom for drainage, a good quality compost and some mychorrhizal fungus. It has a good layer of bark on the top, and we wrapped it in bubble wrap over the winter.
Last summer it looked much healthier, and grew a little. We had about half a dozen flowers, but they were very small and only lasted a day or two before shrivelling up and dropping off. I put this down to it being a little upset about it's poor care and then being repotted, and assumed it would be healthier this year.
From early spring this year it has been growing brilliantly. It is a lovely green (with the exception of the odd leaf near the bottom that it yellow and drops if touched), very bushy and seems to be growing new leaves every five minutes!
However, there is not a single bud or flower on it. This rose is so special to her, and I would hate to lose it, so my questions are... Is it healthy and how can we get it to flower? Also should we even try and get it to flower this year, or does it need more time to recover from it's initial poor start?
It's in a spot that gets sun until mid afternoon (we're in Cornwall if that helps), is watered regularly and has been getting Miracle Grow about every 10 days or so for the last couple of months.
Help! I'm a novice 'trial and error' gardener so please don't blind me with science. I can't let this rose die or it'll be devastating for her. Many, many thanks