Roses forum→Old rose bush help

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May 16, 2020 5:49 PM CST
I feel lost as to what to do for my rose bushes. They've been here for decades and did well the first few years we lived here. This plant in particular has two types of roses, big beautiful pink roses on a single stem and small clusters of red roses. I don't know how to prune to keep the single roses. I already pruned this year but obviously don't know what I'm doing. I've been afraid to prune too much. Please help.
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Name: Seth n Sam .....
W.V. (Zone 6a)
May 16, 2020 8:33 PM CST
It maybe grafted. And the root stock is sending up suckers. That's why the different Roses. Follow the canes down on the ones you dont want. And dig down to where they are attached at the roots. And pull them out. You can do it now. It wont hurt it at all.
Coastal Southern California (Zone 13a)
May 17, 2020 12:02 PM CST
The red roses are 'Dr. Huey' rootstock. The pink rose was budded onto it, and the rootstock is taking over.

'Dr. Huey' is a rampant climber, which blooms once in the spring, and thereafter grows and blackspots. It needs to be removed from the roots, whence it springs.

If it's been this way for a few years, you would probably be best off to just dig the thing up and buy a new rose.

If you want a pink rose, there are many good ones.

If you want clusters of small red roses, there are, likewise, many lovely red single roses.

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