|'Jens Munk', 8/19/11|
|'Jens Munk', 4/24/11|
I'm slightly torn between digging it up to get "at the root of the problem" or leaving the roots alone in case some surviving tender rootlet wants to regrow. This rose has never suckered as most Rugosa hybrids do, so I don't have the benefit of being able to get an easy start of it. I've decided to uproot it to inspect the roots anyway. I can't imagine what the issue was; no visible disease, no rot in the canes I cut off last year, no rodent activity in the area, no sign of iron chlorosis. I've never seen crown or rose gall here on my roses and there is no evidence of it on the surface of this own-root plant. The other roses closest to it, including 'Robusta', 'Blanc Double de Coubert', 'Alchymist', and 'Louise Odier' , are all doing well and look healthy. At least two of those are also Rugosa hybrids, so I can't blame the bloodlines. I'll examine the root system, the canes, and also test a soil sample for pH. One thing I'm sure of is that the rose didn't get too dry this year.