Should I cut back my rose before transplanting?
Friday I am transplanting a 3+ foot tall "The Endeavour" rose from the damp and shady backyard where it has struggled to hold onto life -- to a compost enriched spot in full sun in the sunny front yard. Is it a good idea to cut it way back?
It's already had a touch of the dread blackspot, and has stretches of bare canes. when I first bought it last summer, it had been cut way short, maybe 18" tall, and it grew tall and bloomed right away, so I don't think I'll be sacrificing blooms this year.
In general, do you cut roses back in the fall? I've only grown rugosa roses before, which I basically just ignored. (But I know it's going to be waaaay happier in the new site!)