Secret Rose and Yellow Leaves

“Secret” is one of the two hybrid tea roses that I planted in the garden this Spring. It has gorgeous, large blooms, a strong perfume, and attractive dark green foliage. I think that it makes a really nice addition to the garden.

Unfortunately, both my Secret and my Royal Amethyst – my other new hybrid tea – are  suffering from some sort of stress right now, which is apparent from the yellowing of the lower leaves on both bushes. Yellow leaves can be caused by a number of different factors: over or under watering, over fertilizing, wrong soil ph, disease, pests, radiant heat, inadequate sunlight, and probably some stressors of which I am not even aware. 

Nevertheless, I am optimistic that both rose bushes will be fine. Since we had a recent spike in temperatures – from the 70’s to the 90’s in just a few days – I am guessing that the heat is a factor and whenever heat is a factor so is watering. So for the next few weeks, I will watch these two carefully and feel the soil beneath the surface daily to evaluate their water needs. Over the years, I have planted and cared for about 75 roses at the different places I have lived and I have only had one die. So that is a pretty good track record … but still I have my fingers crossed! I hope to be able to give you a positive update soon. 

Have a lovely weekend!




9 responses to “Secret Rose and Yellow Leaves

  1. Really, really beautiful, Laurie! I’m a rose lover. Yea, weather, sunlight, temperature… will have to be right to keep them happy 🙂

    • I have a number of miniature roses, ground cover roses, and hybrid teas. I only have one floribunda – Cinco de Mayo. I’ll post some photos of it soon. I’ll try to look into floribundas before I buy my next rose, but I seem to have weakness of will whenever I see a rose that I really love at one of our local nurseries.

    • Yeah, I made a point of not photographing the yellow leaves. They are pretty sickly looking. Good luck with your roses. Most prove to be pretty tough.

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