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Location: Northern Ontario Canada
Posted: Aug/22/2006 12:36 AM PST
I don't know if I am in the right forum or not but I have a question about roses. I have a number of rose bushes varying in age from 5 years to this year. They are doing well and producing a lot of blooms but I am wondering how to make them grow bushier . Is that possible? Is it a matter of pruning ? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Posted: Sep/18/2006 5:35 PM PST
I would say, yes, pruning. don't be afraid to be vigorous about pruning them down each fall/winter. I find the more aggressively I prune each year, the more controlled and pleasant my growth patterns are, and the better the plants look. Lots of my friends are nervous about cutting off so much growth, they leave their stalks longer, and end up with spindlier plants all summer. I usually cut down to within a foot of the ground, leave only 3-5 stalks, and mulch well for winter.
Of course, they need to be healthy too (lots of fungus problems, etc, in the northwest can make the leaves be sparse)
Also, I'm mostly talking about hybrid teas here. Pruning for rugosas, climbers, and old roses can be different.