My rose bush is still green on base with brown stems above the green. It is not growing. Is it still alive?
ANSWER: Hello Amy,
Your rose bush isn't growing because of the dead brown wood above the green live wood. You need to take a pair of pruners and cut off the dead brown wood until you see live wood. The pith inside should be creamy white. That's live wood.
Keep watering, but do not fertilize until you see new foilage emerging.
All roses needs to be pruned in January in Southern California.