The Q&A Archives: Cutting rose bushes back to the ground

Question: Is it possible to cut your rose bushes back to about 6 inches to the ground, if they get out of hand, and have them grow back? Maria Chmura Tivoli, NY

Answer: As long as your rose bushes are not a grafted variety, but one growing on their own root stock, then you can cut them back to the ground. If you cut back a grafted variety to the ground, you'll lose the variety you planted and the rootstock will grow up and flower a totally different flower from the original. If you have a modern variety such as hybrid tea or floribunda, then it's probably a grafted variety, so I won't cut it back more than 2/3rds.

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