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My rose bush died and I don't know why

I am new to rose gardening and I killed my first rose, "Amber Glow", a miniature. It was a young healthy, leafy rose bush. Then the leaves fell off and the canes turned black. It had a good looking root system. I don't know if it had too much sun or not enough. Would a sunlight monitor work? I'm also thinking of purchasing a moisture meter. I caught the rose bug and have quite a few roses on order this spring. I need to know what I'm doing before they arrive and would appreciate your advice. Thanks.

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