Roses forum: Grafted Rose bushes and Eucalyptus tree

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Sierra Vista Az
Jul 5, 2018 10:46 AM CST
Attached are 3 pics. Two are of rose bushes that appear grafted and have only bloomed once in 2 years. Should I prune them or just take them out?

The Eucalyptus tree is right over my pool and is blooming and dumping tons of flowers daily into the pool. Can I trim it back, does it need it or any thoughts?

We bought this place in az 2 years ago and just learning what to do .

Thanks for all the help
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Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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Jul 12, 2018 12:30 PM CST


Hi, Roger65. I'm sorry your thread got lost in the shuffle and never received a response. You could trim back the part of the eucalyptus that's hanging over the pool. That should reduce the amount of debris in your pool.

As for the roses, I see from your previous posts that you pruned them back to 3-5 feet in January 2017. If the roses are once-bloomers, this would have removed all of the nodes that would have produced blooms that year. Once-bloomers should only be pruned as soon as they have finished blooming in spring or early summer.

It's also possible that your grafted roses are no longer the roses they once were. If the blooming canes are emerging from below the graft, they're suckers from the rootstock, which probably is Dr. Huey. Dr. Huey is also a once-bloomer and blooms only on old wood. If you cut off all of the old wood in January, it will not bloom that year.
Name: Lola
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Jul 12, 2018 3:57 PM CST
Eucalyptus trees flower best when they are under stress so if you are in drought it will flower it's head off this season. I can't tell what type of eucalyptus it is but it will definitely withstand a hard trim with no problems. Lola.
Coastal Southern California (Zone 13a)
Jul 12, 2018 6:42 PM CST
Zuzu's advice is spot-on.

And I might add that it would not be surprising if your roses are now 'Dr. Huey' rootstock.

Look that rose up at:
Go through all of the photos, and see if this is what you have.

If it is, you might as well remove them.

Unless you really loved 'em, when they bloomed. In that case, they should be pruned right after blooming, and should be grown as big, [climbing] Ramblers.
Sierra Vista Az
Jul 13, 2018 12:06 PM CST
Thank you all for your responses!
I really appreciate this forum and all of the expertise from each of you!

We have decided to have the rose bushes removed by a handyman but from goggling it, it seems the roots are a problem taking out as we want to plant something else.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks again!

Coastal Southern California (Zone 13a)
Jul 13, 2018 6:56 PM CST
Roots are a "problem" because????

I mean ... just dig.

Did out every bit of root you can find, and replace with good, new soil. Easy peasy Lemon Squeezy.

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