Top Roses dying first?

FunRoseJune 10, 2014

My roses were climbing nicely. However, the top roses seem to not be as vibrant as the roses below. Is there something that can be done about this? Is this normal?
When is it time to cut the roses? And where do I cut them.
Thank you.

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The "top roses" are Dr. Huey--your rose has put out a rootstock sucker. The flowers are a very distinctive dark red--it only blooms once a year. It needs to be removed.

Here is a link that might be useful: Friends of San Jose Rose Garden video

This post was edited by zack_lau on Tue, Jun 10, 14 at 13:55

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 10:50AM
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seil zone 6b MI

Zack is right, that's the good Doctor and if you don't take him out, right down to below the ground, he will eventually take over and destroy your rose.

Follow the cane(s) down to the ground and then dig the soil off of them and find out where they connect to the roots. At that point you want to RIP OFF the canes. Yank down and away HARD. Don't just cut them back because they will just grow right back again. You need to destroy the growth node so it will not send up another shoot.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2014 at 12:58PM
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Thanks for the replies. I did cut it off but I didn't do it right to the root. I will try tomorrow to get down to the root.

    Bookmark   July 19, 2014 at 8:46PM
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