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Need Some Rose Bush Advice!
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Mama Bear    Posted 06-03-2002 at 00:40:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have 5 rose bushes that have been neglected for quite some time. They are very overgrown and need to be cut back but wasn't sure whether this would be the right time to do so. Also any advice on how to care for these roses would be appreciated. They need lots of help!


Dick Hayhurst    Posted 06-24-2002 at 23:03:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My irish grandmother always threw the used tea-leaves onto the ground around her roses and they looked terrific.

Janet Rodriguez    Posted 06-18-2005 at 08:30:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
a friend of mine has a rose bush, don't know what kind, but it is very tall about 6 ft, he was wondering what time of year he is suppose to prune it back?

nora strange    Posted 07-27-2003 at 08:08:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have planted 3 rose bushes, climbing kind along my fence in my backyard. I have fed them everything from "bloomstart" to "bone meal" to "miraclegro" trying to make them bloom. They have not bloomed once. they grow tall lims 6 feet tall but no blooms on them. Oh, and I've put rabbit fertilizer on them. they are 2 years old.

Angel Johnson    Posted 06-03-2002 at 20:24:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mama Bear, it depends a lot on where you are. If you are in a cool area get to cutting!! Cut all the dead wood out. Trim good branches back dramatically. If you trim at a slant above an outward facing bud the new growth will grow outward and not cross each other on the inside. They would appreciate a little handful of epsom salts scratched in around them, some good rose food and a nice mulch. You should be rewarded very quickly with some lovely roses!

PS: Even if you are in a warm area, go ahead and cut them back, just water them a lot.
Two things roses love and respond to, well three: pruning, water and sunshine.

krystal    Posted 06-24-2007 at 08:35:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i live in chicago the rose bushes in my yard were here for 30 years before i moved in and i just dont know how to take care of them my boyfriend told me to cut the flowers off when they die which i did i expected more flowers to grow back its june and my bushes are almost bare i've been giving them miricle grow for roses & i don't know what else to do please help

janet lee    Posted 03-05-2007 at 14:33:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i need to find out how to trim my rose bush back

Patti    Posted 01-02-2007 at 11:22:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I just moved into a new house and the rose bushes in the back are real high and kind of straggly looking. How and when do I cut them? I have not had them before. I live in North Carolina. Do I cut them a certain time of year?

ruth cates    Posted 11-11-2005 at 12:07:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
By a chance do you know how to trim a orange tree?

Edward    Posted 04-10-2005 at 12:40:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
When should I cut off the blumes and should I cut them or should I pinch them off.

Pat Orgeman    Posted 10-03-2004 at 14:17:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thank You.

Pixie    Posted 08-31-2004 at 16:04:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm not quite sure what you mean by trimming "above" an
outward facing bud. Do you mean cut closer to the base of
the plant or closer towards the outside of the plant?

Spade    Posted 06-03-2002 at 11:41:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
What kind of roses do you have?
We have a number of tea roses which I prune them short enough in the late fall to keep the winter wind from whipping them and loosening the roots. Then in the spring they get the final pruning - about eighteen inches high. Also cut out any dead and spindley canes. The climbing roses I have dealt with bloom on the previous years canes. Therefore, in the spring cut out the previous years growth that bloomed and leave the number of new canes that your arbor can hold.

WallSal55    Posted 06-03-2002 at 10:07:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
I take out all dead canes. I am one afraid
of pruning too much, so I prune back in early spring the branches that will catch on clothes as
I round the corner of the house, or if I need to
tend to any other plants nearby. (all my roses are shurb roses). I skip the fertililzer part,
and put coffee grounds on the ground around them
in the fall and winter.

cornfused    Posted 06-03-2002 at 05:45:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Saw this on Tales, don't know if it will help?

Tom A    Posted 06-03-2002 at 02:33:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Mama Bear:

Usually it is best to cut them back just before the growth season begins in very late winter/early spring.

But in the case of long-overgrown roses, I suspect they're better off being trimmed back (severely) now rather than letting them go another year. Roses, despite their reputation, are pretty forgiving, and they seem to thrive on pruning.


Erin    Posted 08-20-2003 at 17:13:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have a similar problem. A year or so back a friend "helped" trim my families rose bushes. I think he cut them back too severely for the time of year. They used to be my dad's pride and joy but now the smaller ones are going crazy (very overgrown) and the bigger ones are struggling. Is there anyway to restore them to their original, more uniform state? If so, can I do anything now (I live in the harsh Utah heat) or will I have to wait? Is there any hope for a recovery?

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