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By Gipton1

United Kingdom Gb

for the past 2 years I have tried to grow roses. I have always been successful in the past. I have moved house and the first year I planted 2 bush roses. They didn't grow at all. when I looked at them closely only the stems were there, all the roots appeared to have been eaten. I have tried again this year with another 2 and the same thing has happened again. It seems that something is eating the roots but I cant see anything.
Michael Dean



I can't think of anything that eats rose roots, well, not to that extent. Were they bare-root stock or potted plants you bought?

21 Jul, 2013


Would vine weevil eat rose roots?

21 Jul, 2013


Unusual for vine weevil to do that much damage in the ground, although, of course, they're present. The soil contains so many buffers, including natural predators, to disease and pest attack. Normally I would suspect rotting due to waterlogging or poor rootstock and perhaps the aftercare (without meaning to cast doubt on the ability of the grower in this instance).

21 Jul, 2013


I would go with poor rootstock. I have many roses in my garden, majority were bought bare-root, some of them were ordered online, the ones which came from online purchase, had hardly any root system, but a thin stick. I still planted them in the hope that they will form strong root system in time, but also knowing they may not make it, as my suspicion went, they did not make it. But, don't take this as the only reason, there could be others as well. Hope you can resolve this problem soon.

21 Jul, 2013


Thank you for your reply's, after reading them all, I think that the answer is probably POOR ROOT STOCK. I bought them bare rooted from a sale. I suppose you get what you pay for. Thanks to all who replied.
regards Michael Dean

23 Jul, 2013

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