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tn (Zone 7a)
Apr 14, 2017 8:12 PM CST
|I am so upset. I just read not to cut main canes on climbing roses, but i did. Are they doomed? What happens?|
Apr 14, 2017 8:44 PM CST
|They are not doomed. It will just take them a while to regain their "climbing" character.
Apr 14, 2017 10:54 PM CST
No, that is not true. New wood on a rose is more efficient than old wood. It doesn't matter if the rose is a miniature rose, a shrub or a climber. When the canes of a rose get old the transfer of moisture up to the top growth is less efficient and the food manufactured by the rose through photosynthesis down to the roots is less efficient. In nature, roses abandon the less efficient wood and grow new wood.
When we prune a rose, we are mimicking nature to stimulate our roses to grow.
It's actually good practice to remove the older wood periodically to allow new wood to grow.
I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.
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