I've recently become the inexperienced caretaker of four rose bushes at the house I moved into last year. I've done a fair amount of gardening but was never into roses. Anyway, I feel like it's my responsibility to help them out so I've been giving them mulch making sure to water, deadheading, trimmed them in the winter; it's been fun.

The problem I've been having is with one bush in particular. It was sort of sick looking when I showed up last year but I gave it some mulch, made sure to water it and it looked pretty happy. ...except for its flowers. They get this yellow tint to them while they're still buds and basically look sadder and sadder as they start to bloom. See picture:


One thing that I've noticed is that there are some (but not that many) aphids on the bush. Another factor might be how wet it's been this spring but all the other bushes seem to be doing fine. Plus this guy's flowers never looked that great last year either.

Anyway, guesses would be appreciated.

  • I noticed you had links to a couple of other photographs in your question. Are they of the same plant?
    – Niall C.
    Commented Jun 2, 2015 at 1:54

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It might just be that particular variety of rose - the foliage looks healthy, and there is a little evidence of rain damage and some roses are very susceptible to this, but basically, it may be one of those roses that simply doesn't produce very shapely or nicely coloured blooms. Some roses look great in bud, and when they first open out, but within a day or so have become a floppy, loose mess - it's all down to picking the right rose. This one also appears to have weak stems which are unable to support the weight of its flowers, unless its actually a climber which hasn't been tied in or supported. If ever you buy a rose, watch for the descriptive phrase 'nodding flowers' if you like your rose flowers to stand up on their own - 'nodding' is advertising speak for drooping. It may also be that your pruning technique isn't great - weak stems on roses are usually removed when pruning early in the year.

  • You seem to be describing this bush exactly. Might it enjoy something to climb like a lattice? Also, thanks for the vocab; I don't know what type this was as it came with the house but I'll remember that if I decide to purchase one in the future. Commented Jun 4, 2015 at 10:58
  • I can't tell if its a climber or just a floppy rose - another photo showing the whole of the plant might prove useful, then I can see its general growth habit.
    – Bamboo
    Commented Jun 4, 2015 at 11:18

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