Rose won't bloom

by Shirley

I transplanted a rose bush that belonged to my dad. This summer was its 3rd summer in my flower garden. It grows 5 ft or so. It sprawled on the ground till I tied it up to a post. The problem is this. It has never bloomed since I planted it. The plant looks healthy and green and like I said, it grows tall. Why doesn't it bloom? I don't know what kind of rose it is. My father passed away so I can't ask him. I would appreciate it if you might have an answer as to what I am doing wrong. I have several other roses and they bloom OK. Thanks!

Hi Shirley,
I am not exactly sure why your rose hasn't bloomed yet, but here is why I think could be the reason for no flowers.
If you pruned it in the spring and it's an once blooming old rose, you won't get any blooms at all, as those roses only bloom on last years growth.
Don't prune next spring ok.
Also sometimes, when you transplant a rose, it will loose a lot of feeder roots, and it could take a couple of years to grow them back.
There is also the "chock" factor to consider. This rose was established for a long time at your Dad's house, so I don't think it's unusual for it to not bloom for a few seasons.
You just have to wait it out. Just give it some fertilizer when the new season begins, and water it regularly.
Give it extra attention, and see what happens. It might just be blooming fine next season, after having recovered from the transplant and being pampered a bit.
Best Regards,

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