whacking back, watering, fertilizer
Hello! My modern HT cutting beds look TERRIBLE. Obviously I know now why folks sprayed or didn't grow roses. GeezÃ¯Â¿Â½.AnywayÃ¯Â¿Â½.
Most of these were new bare roots this spring. There is quite a bit of cane death and dead wood in most of them.
My question is:
Would it be okay to cut out any and all dead wood/canes and then cut the bush back to 4 ft or so (some of them are near 8 ft) and then liquid fertilize and keep well watered?
I'd like to have some pretty autumn blooms and most of these are blooming well but they are just sicklyÃ¯Â¿Â½.
Also, I bought some Austins for $10 that have tall hard canes with new growth coming out of the 1/4 of the cane. Can I whack these back?