Blue Moon Rose - Will Not Produce Flowers
QUESTION: I have a Blue Moon rose in a sunny, warm place with good drainage and is fertilized with rose spikes.
It is 3 yrs old, glows long healthy stems and leaves (no bugs).
It grows so large that I need to trim it back 3 times during the summer, but it will not produce flowers.
What am I doing wrong? I live on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
Thanks for your help.
ANSWER: Hi Sherry! It sounds like you have the climbing sport of Blue Moon, also known as Mainzer Fastnacht.
Unfortunately the climbing sport only blooms sparingly, sometimes never in cooler climates, as you are experiencing now.
There is very little you can do to make it bloom.
How is your soil pH level. It should be just below 7 for roses.
But ultimately, Climbing Blue Moon is not a good bloomer.
If I were you I would get rid of it, and replace it with a rose that will bloom.
I have no use for roses that won't flower.