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Bend, Oregon USA
Kokorinea
May 4, 2020 10:46 PM CST
I have this monster rose bush. I just moved into this house in January. I have no idea what I'm doing. It's HUGE like 5'5. Some canes are red. I have no clue about gardening what so ever...I don't know how to nurse this baby back to health.
Are the red canes dead? If so, why are leaves growing from those canes?
Is it too late to prune?
How much do I need to cut?
How much water do they need?

Please help!! I'm desperate.
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Bend, Oregon USA
Kokorinea
May 4, 2020 11:16 PM CST
Or should I just let it do its thing this year and wait until winter to prune?
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kniphofia
May 4, 2020 11:16 PM CST
Red canes are normal. I would leave it alone until you can see the leaves and flowers better, that will enable you to find out what kind of rose it is. Then you can discover how best to prune it. 5 feet is quite common for some shrub roses.
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jerijen
May 5, 2020 6:17 PM CST
Yup. Make sure it gets water, and wait to see what happens.
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seilMI
May 5, 2020 7:16 PM CST
You don't want to prune now. If it is the type of rose that oly blooms once a season you will cut off this years bloom and you won't see what the rose looks like. Just let it grow and bloom this year and post pictures of the leaves and flowers later on so we can tell you what kind of rose it is.
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Weluvroses
May 5, 2020 7:18 PM CST
jerijen said:Yup. Make sure it gets water, and wait to see what happens.


Shouldnt she feed it some. Lord knows how long it's been since its had some good food.
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porkpal
May 5, 2020 8:24 PM CST
Underfeeding is safer than overfeeding. I agree with Jeri.
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Bend, Oregon USA
Kokorinea
May 6, 2020 7:49 AM CST
I know that the last people who lived here for 3 years did not take care of it what so ever...i don't know if that helps at all
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porkpal
May 6, 2020 10:28 AM CST
In that case it would probably appreciate some compost/mulch spread around it.
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critterologist
May 6, 2020 10:40 AM CST
It actually looks pretty good! Dead canes would be brown, like old wood. I don't see any, but if you get those another year, just prune off close to the base. I don't even see any crowded or crossed canes, nice open shape for air circulation (which helps avoid disease). I use Bayer's 3 in 1 (might now be labeled "all in one") granules -- not an "organic" treatment but it's been keeping MIL's roses (mine too) alive with a minimum of effort on my part!
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seilMI
May 6, 2020 5:52 PM CST
You can give it any kind of organics that will feed the soil. Good soil makes good roses. Compost, alfalfa, fish emulsion and composted manure are all good organics you can feed the soil with.

Any canes that are not growing leaves are probably dead wood. Snip off a small piece at the tip of the leafless cane. If the center is white or greenish and moist it's alive. If the center is brown and dry looking it's dead. Cut down the dead cane in small pieces until you find that greenish white moist center. If you don't find that then take the cane completely out as close to the crown as possible without damaging the crown.

Get all the grass and weeds out from around the base to at least about a foot from the base. Mulch that to help keep weeds down and moisture in.

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