Roses forum: Is this rose bush dead?

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May 26, 2017 11:19 AM CST
Hi! I apologize in advance for my ignorance relating to all things gardening. We've lived in a rental for a few years and this rose bush (I'm sorry, I don't know what kind, when it had flowers they were pink) was already there next to our front door, except this year it appeared to be mostly dead. I did notice some reddish brown leaves near the base and I was wondering if those are the rose bush trying to come back to life. (I known there are may weeds around as well... sorry!).
If they are, I was wondering the appropriate way to remove the dead branches.
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
May 26, 2017 11:38 AM CST
Yes ! Its growing. Perfectly normal for new growth to be red.
Just cut all dead growth out.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Northwest Connecticut (Zone 6b)
May 26, 2017 10:53 PM CST
Yup, your rose isn't dying. It's just been neglected and needs a good pruning. Use bypass shears to make clean cuts. Removing the dead canes will leave more sunlight and better circulation for the new canes this year.
Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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