One of my Above and Beyond Roses is growing faster than the other, but neither are showing signs of budding. What do you suggest?

One of my Above and Beyond Roses is growing faster than the other, but neither are showing signs of budding. What do you suggest?

Sometimes, gardening is such a puzzle. Here’s a few things to look for when comparing the smaller one to the larger one.

Is the smaller one in part shade rather than full sun? Roses do best in full sun. Is the smaller one planted by a tree or other shrub with roots competing for the nutrients? What about water? Is the smaller one getting less water or too much water? Another thought – is the smaller one in the pathway of a dog or other animal that is packing the dirt around the soil and not in a good way. At this point in the year, I wouldn’t give it any fertilizer to encourage flower buds. Top dressing with compost will be good. Hopefully, these questions will help you figure out what’s going on and come up with a solution for next year.

Thanks for writing!

- Amy

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