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Name: Pat Garafalo
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Pruning a Rose Bush in May?
BabyBoomer1948
May 16, 2017 6:14 AM CST
I received a beautiful little rose bush for Mother's Day in honor of my first grandchild (baby boy) born in June. Planted it and it bloomed very nicely the balance of the summer. Unfortunately did not cut it back nor did I "winterize" it - this year it appears that the bush has no buds on it except for the very bottom center - which looks like to me that it is a new bush growing? Am I correct? And if so - Can I cut back the old growth and let it continue to grow? Please see attached. Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
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sooby
May 16, 2017 6:27 AM CST
There's still green at the bases of the stems so you can cut back the dead stuff as far as the green, and any stems that have no green at the base can be cut further down.

Do the leaves look the same as last year's? I think there are too many to be from a graft but just to be sure. I think I can see a shoot starting from a green stem base but hard to tell from the picture.

This amount of die-back in winter would not be especially unusual in my climate. Just this week I pruned back to the green some that had done exactly the same thing.
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May 16, 2017 6:58 AM CST
I agree. Just cut back the dead stuff, which you can do at any time. It will be fine, and probably bloom again. Do you know what the name of the rose is?
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
May 16, 2017 8:26 AM CST
Check for what is growing above graph. Everything growing below graph should be removed, as its the wild rootstalk.
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May 16, 2017 8:43 AM CST
Hi Pat!
Welcome! Everyone has given you great advice. You said little rose bush. Was it one of the cute ones from a floral department in a store? Those are usually on their own roots. As they get older some canes may start to survive a winter and then again it may always die back to the ground each winter. Either way is OK. If it seems to always die back just give it enough time to come back on its own. May you be blessed with success!
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
May 16, 2017 11:41 PM CST
Hopefully your new rose is self-rooted and will grow back to what it originally was. If only the roots survived, the rose will most likely be red and leggy. It doesn't look like the root stock to me, though.

In your zone, spring, after things leaf out, is the time to prune.

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Brinybay
May 16, 2017 11:53 PM CST
Philipwonel said:Check for what is growing above graph. Everything growing below graph should be removed, as its the wild rootstalk.
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May 17, 2017 12:23 AM CST

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Brinybay said:What's a graph? Confused


I think Philip meant "graft".

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Philipwonel
May 17, 2017 11:26 AM CST
Ok. Joshua. I get an F in spelling today 😞 !
Greg. Giraffe D'Oh! I mean graft, is where they take wild rootstock and add desired stem together a few inches above ground. You'll see a sort of line there if its grafted.
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May 17, 2017 11:27 AM CST
Phillip, you get an F for spelling everyday. Rolling on the floor laughing
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May 17, 2017 11:40 AM CST
I'd bet that it is on its own roots and will come right back.....
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Philipwonel
May 17, 2017 12:21 PM CST
Paul : your sentence made no sence.

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AND !!! Its Philip with one L !
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May 17, 2017 1:47 PM CST

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Philipwonel said:Paul : your sentence made no sence.

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Name: Philip Becker
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May 17, 2017 3:24 PM CST
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Name: Pat Garafalo
Manlius, NY (Zone 5b)
Pruning a Rose Bush in May?
BabyBoomer1948
May 18, 2017 8:50 AM CST
Thank you all very much for your helpful advice! I very much appreciate it - this little rose bush was purchased by my daughter and son-in-law - it's name is "Little Mischief "by Easy Elegance. I think the title is very appropriate for my baby grandson; I will prune accordingly and if it flowers this year - I may take a picture and post it. Again, thanks so much.

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Name: Greg
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Brinybay
May 18, 2017 11:18 AM CST
Australis said:

I think Philip meant "graft".



Ok, he meant this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
Grafting
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Grafting or graftage[1] is a horticultural technique whereby tissues of plants are joined so as to continue their growth together.

Not this:
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Not going to do actual "graphs" of my plants and various landscaping. Boring and no time for it. Pictures yes, but not graphs. Smiling

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