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brown canes

Posted by shelleyh z5 NY (My Page) on
Fri, May 2, 14 at 21:52

Most of my florabundas have brown canes with little budding however when I bend the stems they feel rubbery and there is a green color under the brown. I don't know if I should cut the plants down or wait for some budding. Any advice?

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RE: brown canes

As you cut them, what does the pith inside the cane look like? I seldom wait too long this time of year. I go ahead and cut, and allow the rose to renew itself - unless it is a once bloomer.


RE: brown canes

I'd wait. The forsysthia is still blooming, so it is still early. It will probably all be cut down anyway, but waiting will give you a clearer idea of what to do.

Once upon a time, I did some late fall pruning. Something happened, and I didn't get the clippings all picked up. When I found them the next spring, they were still green and flexible.

RE: brown canes

  • Posted by seil z6b MI (My Page) on
    Sat, May 3, 14 at 12:02

You don't have to cut it all off at once. Take off anything you know is dead now and give them a couple more weeks to see what may start to bud out and then take off the rest. I usually end up having to do this every year because on the first round I tend to err on the side of caution and leave things that look iffy. Then once it gets warmer and they start to really grow I can see that they need further pruning and where they need to get cut back more.

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