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May 25, 2018 5:47 PM CST
Ann Arbor, MI
We've spent the last 3 years working on growing our rose bushes tall, but this year very few exsisting canes are turning green and sprouting leaves. it seems like there is only new growth canes at bottom. We did have a late snow in April, is it possible all the canes are dead?

Up until now the entire bushes have always filled out each spring with no problem .

Or is there a way to prune to encourage leaves in the exhausting canes?

Or maybe I just need patience?

Thanks!
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May 25, 2018 8:39 PM CST
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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May 25, 2018 8:42 PM CST
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Irises Plant Identifier Hummingbirder Birds
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Butterflies Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Scratch the canes and see if they're green underneath. If not, they have died for some reason or other. You have growth but that might be from the root stock. Can you see if that growth is above or below a graft?
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May 25, 2018 10:04 PM CST
Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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You also have a lot of winter die back that you need to cut out.

To test how far to cut back a cane, cut off some of it and if you don't see white pith (soft white center), you are looking at dead wood. Keep cutting until you reach live wood.
I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.
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