Help with Floribunda

gardenbug(8b)June 11, 2014

Hi everyone. Last year I planted a floribunda called " Brothers Grimm Fairytale" ~ It's beautiful and full of roses but I'm finding the branches are so long that they collapse (like a hydrangea) I'm wondering if the branches are strong enough to hold the roses up? What can I do please?

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seil zone 6b MI

You could put a support of some kind and tie the canes to it to hold them upright. Maybe a peony hoop would help but that might be harder to get on it. If they're new young canes they should get stiffer with age and that will help.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 11:41AM
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buford(7 NE GA)

Welcome to the Fairy Tale Roses. I have Caramella, and it does the same thing. I have it 'pegged' meaning I've bent the canes downward and tied the tips to lower canes. This also gives you more flowers, like a climber.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 12:53PM
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michaelg(7a NC Mts)

These should have been classed as shrub roses rather than floribundas.

You can stake the canes up until the blooms fade, then cut them back so they can support themselves and some new growth, or else "self-peg" as buford suggests. If the plant is growing strongly, I would prefer pruning, as self-pegging produces an artificial shape, "origami roses," as a person here put it. However, pegging conserves all the leaves and stems, allowing the plant to grow faster.

Repeated pruning for a few years will produce a well-branched, bushy plant that will behave better.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 1:27PM
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Okay, this is awesome. You folks are so helpful. Thank you. Since I'm fairly new to rose growing, I think I'll put a couple of stakes in where the branches have drooped to the ground. Tie them to the stakes and when the roses are faded, I'll cut the branch back. I'm just not sure where to make a cut or how far back? Thanks again for helping me.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2014 at 6:28PM
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michaelg(7a NC Mts)

Cut back to where it can stand up by itself. Maybe halfway.

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 10:21AM
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