Rose bush that is not flowering

Asked June 6, 2019, 3:10 PM EDT

I have a rose bush that starting growing last year. The stems are 3-4 feet this year, but there is no sign of any roses budding out (as was the same case last year). The rose bush has similar leaves (but not as mature) as the other roses around them which are producing flowers. Do some rose bushes not produce flowers? OR need more time to bud?

Multnomah County Oregon roses

1 Response

Thank you for your question. It would be helpful to have a photo of the rose bush, as well as information about how much sun it gets, the amount and type of fertilizer you feed it (if any), and the variety of rose bush that it is. Although this is written for Washington rose gardens, it has a lot of information about rose identification and care that is applicable to Oregon roses as well: http://cru.cahe.wsu.edu/CEPublications/FS166E/FS166E.pdf

Another major reason roses do not bloom is that the owner prunes them incorrectly, or at the wrong time. Here is an OSU Extension article on that topic:
https://extension.oregonstate.edu/gardening/flowers-shrubs-trees/pruning-roses

If you give us more information, we may be able to be more specific. Thanks!