Rose's yellowing

Asked May 30, 2019, 8:40 PM EDT

See the picture below, sections in the middle of our rose bush are yellowing and the leaves are falling off. What could be the issue? What can we do to stop this?

Kent County Michigan

1 Response

Hello. I suspect a nutrient or soil problem. If this plant is in clay soil it could be that the roots are ‘drowning’ from all the rain we have had. And if the soil is saturated with water the plant might not be able to use the nutrients that are in the soil. And often when a plant is close to a building the soil is poor (from compaction and building) unless it has had compost added. I suggest adding some compost to the soil and perhaps a rose fertilizer. Any compost or mulch should be kept 3-4” away from the crown of the plant.