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More rose bush advise
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Sammie    Posted 06-03-2002 at 20:25:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was just reading Mama Bears post down below and the answers. Aren't some rose bushes meant to grow big with long canes? Just asking cuz the one I want to root, the parent plant is really big and beautiful. Is it supposed to be cut back and is it unhealthy for them to be allowed to grow like that?

Angel Johnson    Posted 06-03-2002 at 20:31:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Some are supposed to grow very tall and long; those you only trim to keep them in shape. Cutting the dead parts and just lightly trimming. However, there are different types, hybrid teas need to be trimmed back each year and rarely grow more than 3 or 4 feet tall. Climbers can grow 8 to 18 foot branches and should been staked or trained against a fence or tree or trellis. Shrub roses need to be trimmed like you would a hedge. They grow fatter and bushier if you do. Almost all roses need some trimming; they really respond well to it.

Sam    Posted 06-03-2002 at 21:28:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thank you. How do I know what this bush is supposed to be. It's really fregrant with full size pink roses, not tea rose type. At present, the parent plant is about 10 ft tall, 4 ft wide and about 6 ft. long. As I said, it hasn't been cut in years. This is a really beautiful plant the way it is so how do I know if it's supposed to be cut?

Angel Johnson    Posted 06-07-2002 at 13:33:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
If it is doing great just the way it is; just trim it to make it look good. Roses like to be trimmed and respond well. Your rose evidently is a large bush type and sounds beautiful. If you take a photo of your bush you can inquire at the Antique Rose Emporium at Brenham, Texas. They are rose rustlers and have an uncanny ability of identifing roses.

I suspect by your description you have an antique rose. They are usually fragrant and are very tough and survive with little or no attention. They come in all shapes and sizes, too. I am putting their site on, I think you will enjoy it.

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