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Cutting down two older rugosa's

Posted by thorn_grower Zone 5 (My Page) on
Mon, Apr 28, 14 at 20:16

These two shrubs are 14-16 yrs old, Jens Munk was about 8 ft. and leaning 45 degrees, being crowded out by a tree which has been removed. Henry Hudson about 6 ft tall. Both are woody big trunks. I took jens munk down to about 2 and a half feet. and henry maybe 1 and a half. which seems about right to me but maybe i should have taken jens munk down more. Is that far enough what do you guys think.

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RE: Cutting down two older rugosa's

  • Posted by seil z6b MI (My Page) on
    Tue, Apr 29, 14 at 17:34

I think with the shading tree removed those two should bounce back and be beauties!

RE: Cutting down two older rugosa's

I agree with Seil. Rugosas have great bounce-back in my experience. As your plants put out new canes, you can selectively prune out the older ones in time. So, if you are wondering about keeping a big, woody cane in the midst of others that are in better proportion, you can prune it out later. Both plants should be great as they grow in the light. Good ol' rugosas! Carol

RE: Cutting down two older rugosa's

Thanks for your thoughts. THE TREE IS GONE....What possibilities....

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