Roses forum: Can You Identify These Large Roses?

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Northwest Connecticut (Zone 6b)
Mar 10, 2017 4:53 PM CST
Hi all,

I'm helping a friend care for the lovely roses she's inherited at her new house. Three of them are large plants standing over 6 feet tall; another several are small plants standing about 2 to 3 feet. All bloomed several times last summer and into the fall.

With pruning time approaching, we are trying to categorize them to follow the appropriate care. (I removed the dead wood since these photos were taken, but plan to follow-up with regular spring pruning.) Trouble is, we can't figure out which camp they fall into. I'm guessing that the small roses are hybrid teas. The large ones could be climbing roses. . .or grandiflora. . .repeat blooming old garden roses? I'm so confused. Any insight would be appreciated.

I'm consulting this pruning guide by the University of Illinois.

Large Rose A
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Large Rose B
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Large Rose C
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Small Rose D
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Small Rose E
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Name: Porkpal
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Mar 10, 2017 6:40 PM CST
It sounds like you have undertaken a fun project! It would help a lot to know when these pictures were taken and where the roses are growing. Also: are some of the roses featured in more than one shot?
Northwest Connecticut (Zone 6b)
Mar 10, 2017 8:55 PM CST
Thanks porkpal! The photos were taken in October in Hartford, CT (zone 6a). All are established and seem happy, despite the need for a trim.

I tried to organize the pics by individual plant, so the first three photos are Large Rose A, the next three are Large Rose B, etc. The photos were taken in a hurry, so I apologize for the blurriness.

You were the one who told me some months back that it AOK to prune dead wood this winter, which I did, so thanks again for the help.
Name: Steve
Prescott, AZ (Zone 7b)
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Mar 12, 2017 2:28 PM CST
I think pruning was good advice.

Is the foliage we see here new growth from spring 2017 or is it midseason foliage from summer 2016?
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Mar 12, 2017 7:49 PM CST


LeeMiro said:The photos were taken in October in Hartford, CT

So it looks like all are repeat bloomers at least. It's pretty difficult to ID them with just one or two bloom shots but I wouldn't sweat the pruning part too much. Just clip back to a more manageable size if you wish, maybe remove criss crossing stems and tangled branches in the center to improve air circulation and remove old foliage.

Here is an interesting article written a few years back by one of our members about pruning roses.

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Northwest Connecticut (Zone 6b)
Mar 14, 2017 11:40 AM CST
Thanks guys! The foliage is mid-season growth from 2016. Sounds like we'll need to take some better photos this summer to make IDs. My apologies--I guess I figured that a few basics could be gleaned, like climbing vs. shrub, just from the plant. But roses are tricky guys, huh?

That pruning article is eye-opener. Really changes our strategy. I'm so glad that you shared it with me.

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