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<RoseDummy>
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posted January 13, 2004 11:20 AM           Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I have two rose bushes. Each are about 3 years old and have been neglected thus becoming very tall and spindly. They put on very little foliage at the lower half of the plant and scant roses at the top. How should they be pruned to enhance growth or are they a lost cause? Variety of plants are unknown to me
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<Stan the man>
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posted January 27, 2004 09:52 PM           Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Prune the living daylight out of it. Chop it down to 12" above the ground. New growth will start sprouting up in the spring. You are basicaly forcing the rose to grow new canes from the bud union.
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posted January 28, 2004 06:03 PM           Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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Originally posted by <Stan the man>:
Prune the living daylight out of it. Chop it down to 12" above the ground. New growth will start sprouting up in the spring. You are basicaly forcing the rose to grow new canes from the bud union.

It is done Stan the Man. Thanks a lot. Is it common practice to seal the cuts or is it ok to leave the ends exposed. I hacked the living daylights out of them as you suggested and it looks like there is a lot of exposed stuff.


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posted January 29, 2004 07:57 AM           Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
No sealing is required. Roses love to be pruned before spring. Happy rose growing.
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