Roses forum→How far down can/should I prune a single-caned rose?

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Granzy
May 30, 2020 7:02 PM CST
Thanks to my rose ineptitude and our ravaging rabbit neighbors, I have 2 favorite roses that have just one or two canes each. My 'Bayse's Purple' has one straight cane that finally has 4-5 branches starting about 3' from its base. I love its deep color and it will bloom all summer if I deadhead. That's why I've never cut it down. I also have a 'Frühlingsmorgen' that struggles with rose slugs but has bloomed early every spring—except this year after a late freeze. It has 2 canes and foliage about 2' from the ground.

So can I cut these two down to induce bushier growth? If so, how far down? What are chances they'd just croak? I'd hate to lose either, feeble as they are.

Thank you!
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DaisyI
May 30, 2020 7:11 PM CST
Pruning sometimes is the best thing you can do for a weak plant. It reduces the amount of work the root system has to do. Re-growth should be fast as the top will grow to try to catch up with the amount of food the roots are sending upwards.

I would leave 3 leaf nodes on each cane. But, a word of warning... if the canes are that tall before they branch, it could be you've already lost the top and you are growing whatever the rootstock is (assuming the roses are grafted).
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Granzy
May 31, 2020 5:13 PM CST
Thanks, DaisyI. I'm not sure that the Bayse has any leaf nodes, but I'll use that measure as a guideline when I find them on the other. I think both of these may be own-root, as at some point I decided to stick with that. Both have blooms that are appropriate. The Bayse is budding—can I wait till after the first flush? It did have other canes, btw, till the rabbits found it. I protect it now!

Thanks again.
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Granzy
Jun 3, 2020 3:48 PM CST
Thanks, DaisyI. I'm not sure that the Bayse has any leaf nodes, but I'll use that measure as a guideline when I find them on the other. I think both of these may be own-root, as at some point I decided to stick with that. Both have blooms that are appropriate. The Bayse is budding—can I wait till after the first flush? It did have other canes, btw, till the rabbits found it. I protect it now!

Thanks again.

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