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Name: christy
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?
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Keeper of Poultry Farmer Roses Raises cows
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Apr 14, 2017 8:44 PM CST
They are not doomed. It will just take them a while to regain their "climbing" character.
Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
Garden Ideas: Level 1 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Apr 14, 2017 10:54 PM CST
@christyh ...

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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