Roses forum: Pruning Ramblers & Big Shrub Roses

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Name: Vicky Thompson
Michigan (Zone 5b)
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Cottage_Rose
Jun 30, 2011 6:18 AM CST
Now that I have many mature monster roses (both once blooming ramblers and HUGE reblooming Rugosas) with a gazillion blossoms, deadheading has become quite a daunting task. Anybody have any tips?
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Jun 30, 2011 7:12 AM CST
Wow! That's a beauty. I should think that dead heading a once bloomer would not be necessary. And the old roses often prefer not to be pruned. Otherwise, I have no useful ideas.
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Name: Toni
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Skiekitty
Jun 30, 2011 8:23 AM CST
I'm less than helpful.. my biggest rose I have is my Austrian Copper & it's barely 4' long. Sawwy. I can be green with envy, though, can't I? Big Grin
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Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY (Zone 5a)
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Kathleen
Jul 10, 2011 3:25 PM CST
I agree with porkpal, there really isn't any reason, unless the bush gets unwieldy or you are finding a lot of dead wood in it. I do occasionally do a radical prune on an ogr that's gotten too big for it's place or just plain ugly when the blooms die off, but yours looks lovely, and the hips that come after the blooms are like a whole 'nother good thing!

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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Jul 12, 2011 1:09 PM CST
Heya, Vicky! I'm guessing it's mostly the rugosas you're wanting to dead head to encourage rebloom, but that is a monster! It would take hours, and a ladder to do it the recommended way! I wonder if shearing off the tips would work?
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Name: Vicky Thompson
Michigan (Zone 5b)
Charter ATP Member Sempervivums Roses Peonies Region: Michigan Rabbit Keeper
Lilies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Farmer Cottage Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters Annuals
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Cottage_Rose
Jul 28, 2011 7:44 AM CST
gemini_sage said:Heya, Vicky! I'm guessing it's mostly the rugosas you're wanting to dead head to encourage rebloom, but that is a monster! It would take hours, and a ladder to do it the recommended way! I wonder if shearing off the tips would work?


Thats what I was thinking I might have to do Neal but was wondering if other did that.

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Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY (Zone 5a)
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Kathleen
Jul 28, 2011 8:21 AM CST
Actually, I don't do anything to my rugosas and they continue to bloom anyway, but I have fairly large numbers.

Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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porkpal
Jul 28, 2011 1:42 PM CST
I always thought rugosas didn't like to be pruned.
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Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY (Zone 5a)
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Kathleen
Jul 28, 2011 4:25 PM CST
I just take out the dead wood, unless they've gotten too unruly. They can stand a good cutting and come back - rather irrepressible that way.

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