Reducing The Height Of Roses & Fattened Rose

Question:

 My Double Delight and Brandy roses are well over seven feet high. How do I prune them to keep them shorter? 

Answer:

  • . It’s not unusual for Double Delight and Brandy roses to be over six feet high. It's typical with Grandiflora, and Hybrid Teas rose varieties. To keep these types of roses shorter, you must be more aggressive when removing the spent flowers.
  • Most rose books tell you to prune back to the second set of five leaves; hence, they get very tall by the end of the growing season. I suggest you ignore this advice and prune them back much further to keep the overall plant in check. Roses are pruned year round, not just in the winter months, to keep them within a defined space and for shape.
  • I would do this: remove two feet off the top and a foot and half off the sides and prune to an outside bud. These are general dimensions, as the actual amount is a judgment call on your part.
    • An outside bud is any bud pointed away from the center of the plant. The buds are located at the base of a leaf, which is attached to the stem. These buds form the lateral branches and are where the next set of flowers will develop. Make cuts on an angle and close to a bud. Black tips develop by leaving too many stems above the bud.
  •   Roses pruned now should be in bloom for Thanksgiving. Roses produce some of their most intense colors in November and December; however, leaves may not be pristine as the cooler weather presents the right conditions for Black Spot. Mildew and Rust. It's not recommended to spray to control these diseases after October. In January and February, roses are pruned more severely, along with removing the crossing branches and any dead wood. So, you solve your problem by simply pruning more.

Question:

My rose bush was flattened when my neighbor's tree fell on it. I now have shoots coming up from the root area. Will they continue to produce beautiful flowers as in the past?

Answer:

  • Most roses are budded onto another rose or rootstock, so they're not growing on their own root. This new growth is vigorous, sending out long arching branches or shoots. A cherry red flower with seven to nine petals develops at the terminal end of these shoots. So I would lower your expectation.
  • There is a slight chance that your desirable rose survived, but you'll have to wait and see.