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Shoots that fail to produce rose blooms are known as "blind". This is not unusual in some years, despite good cultivation of the plant, and will reduce the impact of the display.
Rose blindness is a disorder that diverts the plant's energy so it is not able to produce rose blooms.
Flowering shoots develop normally, but fail to develop a terminal flower bud. Occasionally, a flower case may be form but be empty or dry.
Leaf and stem growth can appear perfectly healthy, with no sign of dieback.
The cause is unknown, but could be linked to environmental factors such as adverse weather conditions damaging the shoot tip or the plant being grown in an excessively shady area.
Where rose blindness is a problem:
Susceptible: some rose cultivars are particularly prone to this problem: 'Peace' ( a large-flowered hybrid tea rose) and 'New Dawn' (climber), which often has a poor first flush (a surge in the production of flowers) of flowers.
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