Rose shrub tangled

DanieleCApril 29, 2014

I have a rose bush that, after heavy rains, seems 'collapsed'. The problem is that it has some really long canes that cross from one side of the rose to the others (like more than 2 meters) and they are all tangled in an horrible mess.
From what I can understand (my experience with gardening is almost non-existent) it should be some kind of rosa gallica, with a lot of small thorns, and it was left almost abandoned for several years.
Now I don't know exactly what to do to solve the problem. I thought I could wait after flowering, then try to cut the longer canes, but I fear that I can damage the rose.


Here is a link that might be useful: The rose as it was last year

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mad_gallica(zone 5 - eastern New York)

It looked very good last year. Individual gallica canes can be very short lived. Since I don't see a lot of dead canes, somebody has probably been pruning it.

If it has already set flower buds, do wait until after it blooms to prune it. If it hasn't, you can prune it now. It will grow a lot after flowering, and you may want to prune that also.

It is very hard to permanently damage a gallica. About the worst you can do is cause it to bloom a lot less for a year.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2014 at 7:37AM
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That rose looks exactly like a rose, I have but do not know the name. Same thing happened to my rose too. The weather here isn't that hot yet, so I went ahead and pruned the rose, etc. It took a while, but it looks a lot better.

    Bookmark   April 29, 2014 at 5:33PM
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The rose was pruned very lightly one or two years ago (when I decided to try to take care of these plants that grow in the 'garden' where I live), before that they were pruned sporadically. Very lightly because not knowing what I was doing I didn't want to damage this rose.

By the way, now the rose is blooming, i'm going to prune it after flowering.

Thanks for your help.


I attach a photo to give an idea of how it looks now.

Here is a link that might be useful: A photo of a flower taken last year

    Bookmark   April 30, 2014 at 3:31AM
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buford(7 NE GA)

I would leave it, it doesn't look that bad. As long as the canes aren't so bent that they may break. I had a large tea that was loaded with buds and we had a horrible rain storm, and it was basically laying on the driveway for a few days. But it will dry out. you can try shaking some of the water off. After it blooms, you can take out some of the larger canes so it doesn't happen again.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2014 at 6:21AM
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