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Roses in hydrangea bed? pH problem?

11 years ago

I got a beautiful, healthy "Smiley Face" rose plant from a good nursery about 1 week ago. Planted it, watered it, and it's leaves are turning brown as if it's been hot/dry (neither of which is has been)

I realized I planted it in the same spot where the previous owner had planted a hydrangea (it was young and didn't make it through last year's drought) and now I'm wondering if they treated the soil in that area to change the pH for the hydrangeas.

Would acidic soil cause this problem? How can I correct it? Is it going to stress the rose more to dig it up and work something into the soil, or can I put it on the surface and let it leach down?

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