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What to cut?

Posted by MrsThibo none (My Page) on
Mon, Feb 24, 14 at 15:37

My husband and I began renting this property too late in the year to chop these suckers off before winter. They're OUT OF CONTROL! We have 3 rose bushes that are over 6' tall and another 3 that are at about 5' tall and 3' wide. All of them have some hollowed out limbs and some amazingly productive, healthy limbs. They produced all winter long, despite my best efforts! My biggest concern is that they do seem to need some major trimming. I'm new to rose bushes though, so I was helping one/several of you might have some pointers? I live in TX, so the extreme heat will be here before we know it! I'd like any info you may offer on where, when, and how much to cut. I have photos of each individual plant too, but I don't know how to upload more here. Also, I'm not sure why they're sideways, but if you click on them they'll open upright in another window. Thanks for reading! These roses sure have been an absolute delight so far though! Lots and lots of pretty blooms.

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RE: What to cut?

Paul zimmerman has a wonderful video on rose pruning. I'll post the link. The main thing to do is remove the dead canes at the base of the rose.

Also, feel free to thin the bushes out and try to open up the middle of the bush to more sunshine.

Remove any canes that grow through the middle of the bush. I would also suggest shortening the growing canes somewhat. Not too harshly as you don't want to go too far with the roses the first pruning, but I would remove some height.

Here is a link that might be useful: Paul zimmerman purning video

RE: What to cut?

This New Zealand nursery has 2 pictures down the page which help. If they are too small hold down the Ctrl key while you tap the + key.

Here is a link that might be useful: pruning pics

RE: What to cut?

I tend to trim my roses in a cone shape, so they fan out at the top. Definitely lop off growth that grows to the inside of the bush and those that cross over other canes. It opens up the inside of the bush and helps the rose grow up and out.


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