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Re: Pruning roses


They should since you are in a mild climate.  I've seen people here cut them
back to 12" and they come back, though I wouldn't recommend being that
drastic!

On 1/31/08, Johnson Cyndi D Civ 95 CG/SCSRT <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
wrote:
>
> Since I'm thinking about pruning roses this weekend, I have a question.
> I have to admit I am not good about pruning. I spend a lot of time
> dithering about where to cut and how much to take off, even though I
> read my pruning book each season before I start. As a result my
> rosebushes are getting taller and taller every year and it takes me more
> and more time to cut them back.  All the David Austin roses are now way
> over my head and end up about 4' tall by the time I cut everything off
> to what seems correct. Even the few hybrid teas are almost 6' tall now
> during the summer.
> What happens if I chop everything back to about 2'? It would mean all
> that's left are the big heavy support stems at the bottom of the plant.
> It would sure be faster so I'd actually get it all done this season, and
> shorten them up so that next year pruning would be easier. Will they
> come back?
>
> Cyndi
>
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Pam Evans
Kemp TX
zone 8A

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