Pruning Old Rose - Knowledgebase Question

Eugene, OR
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Question by JohnHargrove
January 26, 1998
I have an "Old Rose" possibly St. John's. I would like to know if it should be pruned and if so, how much. Last year the rose grew vigorously and produced lots of white, very fragrant blooms.

Answer from NGA
January 26, 1998
Old roses should be pruned lightly. If the rose blooms once per season, prune after flowering, if it is a repeat bloomer, prune in winter or early spring. If what you have is indeed 'St. John's' it is a very, very old "species" rose. It requires only a light trim to shape and remove dead wood (which you can recognize due to it's "shaggy" and brittle appearance). It's natural, flowing growth habit is part of it's charm.

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